Ugh, so much homework. Gotta read The Hobbit , write a dissertation about the evolution of zombies in media, and watch Season 4 of Buffy before Monday!
Myth and Science Fiction — Centre College
Myths aren't just ancient stories about Greek heroes and Norse gods, but contemporary tales from the likes of Tolkien, George Lucas, and the Wachowski siblings. The class compares mythological motifs from classic literature to the likes of Doctor Who and The X-Files.
Simpsons and Philosophy — University of California, Berkeley
After two decades and 300 episodes, The Simpsons is less a cartoon television show and more a prism reflecting the complex human condition. The class curriculum asks questions such as "Can Nietzsche's rejection of traditional morality justify Bart's bad behavior?"
The Vampire in Literature and Cinema — University of Wisconsin-Madison
Not to be confused with the modern de-fanged protagonist vampire, this class is steeped in how vampires are an illustration of the way one culture is transmitted to another. Through Bram Stoker's classic novel and the 1922 Nosferatu, students will see how the vampire myth colored Western views of Eastern Europe as backward.
Exploring "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" — Portland State University
From arguing for and against Buffy as a feminist role model to the value of metaphors in the series (drunk college kids turn into Neanderthals in one episode) to the impact fans have on the direction of a series, this class covered it all.