Dead Love: Zombie Studies

Education has taken a huge step forward with the addition of zombie studies to the college curriculum. Now you can learn your A to Z’s … as in Zombie. According to the Baltimore Sun, the English 333 course is the “brainchild” of University of Baltimore professor Arnold Blumberg, who explains the significance of zombies and their appeal to students in this way: “Zombies are one of the most potent, direct reflections of what we’re thinking moment to moment in our culture … it’s a back door into a lot of subjects. They think they’re taking this wacko zombie course, and they are. But on the way, they learn how literature and mass media work, and how they come to reflect our times.”

I’m pretty sure they’ll actually be learning about the real world, maybe even confront their “inner zombie.”

Pogo, that cute little swamp thing from the dark ages, said it best; let me restate with a one minor update:  “We have met the zombie, and he is us.”

Now I’m waiting for the workshop on ghouls.

—Erin Orison, DEAD LOVE/the Daily Slice