Sean Hoade, Zombie Teacher!

Zombie movies help audiences reflect on ideas about civilization collapsing in a way that’s strangely relatable, and still enjoyable.

Sean Hoade, a University of Alabama English instructor who’s taught a popular interim course titled “Zombies! The Living Dead in Literature, Film and Culture,” has long been a science-fiction and horror fan. If zombies seem to be everywhere nowadays, well, that’s kind of the point.

They’re the villain that multiplies like a virus, an undead, cannibalizing monster swarming by numbers, relentlessness and self-replication, not reliant on intellect, strength, charm or skill.

Zombies may be, after the Titanic, the world’s second-largest metaphor…

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