Readings for this course fall under the broad theme of “apocalyptic media.” We will investigate a range of contemporary fictional representations of the Apocalypse, as brought about by zombie pandemics, mad scientists, vampires, etc. We will also pay close attention to the forms that apocalyptic stories can take. To this end, we will be looking at television shows, web series, and comics, along with the more traditional short stories and novels. Our focus on the medium of these texts, as well as the different ways in which critics can approach them, will hopefully suggest the broad range of possibilities for your own writing, academic or otherwise.
Albrecht Dürer The Last Judgment 16th century woodcut | paper Gift of J. Frederick Hoffman 2007/2.131
Joe Deal San Bernardino, California (I), from "The Fault Zone" 1978 gold-toned gelatin silver print | paper Gift of The Morris and Beverly Baker Foundation, in memory of Morris D. Baker, a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Architecture, 1952 2000/2.130.2
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes And still they don't go! (Y aun no se van!) 1799 etching, burnished aquatint and burin | paper Gift of Kurt Delbanco in honor of Nicholas Delbanco, and partial purchase with the funds from the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund 2008/1.152.59