e78: Monster Studies-201: Course Syllabus

Happy October! it’s the beginning of Halloween month so we have something a little special. Just over a year ago, we had a show where we invited a bunch of academic friends who teach comics and we developed a course syllabus for a theoretical comics studies course on the air. It was a lot of fun and we came up with a list that none of us would have done on our own. Well, we decided it’d be fun to do that again, but this time with another of our favorite pop culture genres: MONSTERS! Mav and Hannah are joined by Heather Duda and Michael Chemers from our previous monster studies shows as well as returning guest John Darowski and new guest Nicole Aceto to develop the MONSTER SYLLABUS (muhahahahah)!!!! What books should we be reading? What movies should we be watching? What is a monster anyway? We’re going to work it all out. Join us and let us know what you think. Oh… and fair warning, there’s a monster at the end of this podcast.

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  1. Now I kind of want to find someone teaching “The Rise and Cultural Impact of the Classic Universal Monsters” and offer to be a TA, because I can think envision what great syllabus for the class for the class would look like, but I’m too lazy to ever teach it.

    Also I love that theme so much that I think the only reasonable way to hope to keep it in a single semester would be requiring the students to watch the intro movies to the seven main Universal monsters (Dracula, Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s monster, the Bride, Mummy, Invisible Man, and Creature From the Black Lagoon). I might even include Hunchback, Phantom, one of the group movies (eg Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man), and an Abbott & Costello. That way there’s more semester time for the real meat of analyzing what led
    to these movies and their place in 1920s-1950s American culture and how they still impact and influence media and society today.

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