Representations (Weeks 1-6)

In this section we’ll explore the way various narrative forms represent the intersection of death and technology, focusing particularly on horror. These representations include examples from fiction, film, and videogames.

Monday, January 14 (Week 1)

  • Introduction to course guidelines and overview of the semester

Wednesday, January 16

  • Ray Bradbury, “There Will Come Soft Rains” from The Martian Chronicles (1950), pages 205-211

Friday, January 18

  • Alan Weisman, chapters 2 and 3 of The World Without Us (2007), pages 15-38

Monday, January 21 (Week 2)

  • MLK Day – No Class

Wednesday, January 23

Friday, January 25

Monday, January 28 (Week 3)

  • Chapters 11-14 of A Head Full of Ghosts, pages 61-101
  • Blog (Round 1): Group C
  • View The Exorcist (dir. William Friedkin, 1973) through the RLO Movie Channel

Wednesday, January 30

  • Chapters 15-17 of A Head Full of Ghosts, pages 102-150
  • Barbara Creed, “Woman as Possessed Monster” from The Monstrous-Feminine (1993), pages 31-42
  • Blog (Round 1): Group D

Friday, February 1

  • Chapters 18-20 of A Head Full of Ghosts, pages 151-201
  • Postmodern Horror Snapchat Story due

Monday, February 4 (Week 4)

  • Chapters 21-22 of A Head Full of Ghosts, pages 202-232
  • Blog (Round 1): Group E

Wednesday, February 6

Friday, February 8

Monday, February 11 (Week 5)

  • Dead Set, episodes 1-2 (search for “Dead Set” on Netflix)
  • Blog (Round 2): Group B

Wednesday, February 13

Friday, February 15

Monday, February 18 (Week 6)

Wednesday, February 20

  • “Be Right Back” from Black Mirror (season 2, episode 1)
  • Blog (Round 3): Group A

Friday, February 22

Header: Still from “Be Right Back” (Black Mirror, Season 2, Episode 1)