Proposed Syllabus

Eh 299: Zombies!

Unit One: What is a Zombie: Theory of a Dead Man

Week One: January 17 – January 20

  • Topic: What are we talking about when we talk about Zombies?
    • Tuesday:
      • Aristotle, Keats, Benjamin [Selections]
  • Thursday
    • Short essay assigned

Week Two: January 23 – January 27

  • Topic: Anglophile and Francophone Colonialism: 17th – 19th Centuries
    • Tuesday
      • Moodie, Rowlandson, Smith [selections]
  • Thursday
    • Short Essay Draft One
      • Conference sign-up sheet

Week Three: January 30 – February 3

  • Topic: The “Fall” of the British and French Empires
    • Tuesday:
      • Jefferson, Burke, Poe
  • Thursday:
    • Conferences on the Short Essay (5% of the final essay grade)

Week Four: February 6 – February 10

  • Topic: The Gothic
    • Tuesday
      • Radcliff, Lewis[ Selections]
  • Thursday
    • Short Essay Draft Two (10% of the final essay grade)

Week Five: February 13 – February 17

  • Topic: North American Horrors: Pre-American and French Revolution
    • Tuesday
      • Briggs, Waite
  • Thursday
    • Short Essay Final Draft

Unit Two: A Literature for the Grotesque

Week Six: February 20 – February 24

  • Topic: North American Horrors: Post-American and French Revolution
    • Tuesday
      • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
  • Thursday
    • Short Presentation Assigned
      • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

 Week Seven [midterm]: February 27 – March 2 

  • Topic: Short Presentation Week
    • Tuesday
      • Short Presentations
        • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder
  • Thursday
    • Short Presentations
      • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

Spring Break March 5 – March 9

  • Topic: Don’t be a Zombie on break!
    • Tuesday
    • Thursday
      • Finish A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder

Week Eight: March 12 – March 16

  • Topic: The Zombie in His Context
    • Tuesday
      • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Thursday
    • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Week Nine: March 19 – March 23

  • Topic: Invasion
    • Tuesday
      • Cell
  • Thursday
    • Cell

Unit Three: The Apocalypse of The Zombie

Week Ten: March 26 – March 30

  • Topic: Capitalist Eschatology
    • Tuesday
    •   Cell
    • Thursday
    •    Cell
    •    Long essay assigned

Week Eleven: April 2 – April 6

  • Topic: A Crisis of Consumption
    • Tuesday
      • World War Z
  • Thursday
    • World War Z
      • Group Presentations Assigned
      • Long Essay Draft One [10% of final grade of the essay]

Week Twelve: April 9 – April 13

  • Topic: What are we talking about when we talk about Zombies?
    • Tuesday
      • World War Z
  • Thursday
    • Long Essay Draft Two [10% of final grade of the essay]

Week Thirteen: April 16 – April 20

  • Topic: The Hard Choice
    • Tuesday
      • World War Z
  • Thursday
    • World War Z
      • Group Presentations

Week Fourteen: April 23 – April 27

Topic: Review

  • Tuesday
  • Thursday
    • Group Presentations

Final Exam TBA: Long Essay Final Draft Due at Final


Policy and Procedures

Instructor’s Contact Information:

  • Name: Adam Crowley
  • Phone: X1980
  • E-mail:
  • twitter: profadamcrowley
  • blog:
  • YouTube Channel: ProfessorCrowley
  • Office: 219  Meeting House

Course Description:

  • A vexing symbol of servitude and resistance, passion and utter apathy, the zombie is perhaps North America’s most well-known contribution to the literature of the grotesque. In this writing-intensive, sophomore-level course, students consider the zombie’s unmistakably American origins and plight: his commentary on colonialism, commerce, race relations, and mass political thought, and his metaphoric implications for middle-class life in the new millennium.

Intended Outcomes:

Students who complete EH 299: ZOMBIES! with a grade of C or higher should be able to:

  • Identify and analyze the concepts of capitalism, communism, and fascism as they can be associated with themes of work and play in twentieth- and twenty-first century American literature. Students should be able to evaluate these themes against their current expectations of the modern workforce.
  • Express their social and professional aspirations in terms of critical theory bearing on contemporary American civil discourse.
  • Demonstrate advanced familiarity with the writing process: the student can create, develop, and complete a substantial research document with minimal external assistance, including peer review, and achieve a grade of C or higher.
  • Construct a formal oral presentation appropriate for an entry-level professional position.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to make firm correlations between social issues as they are addressed in relevant literature and contemporary cultural concerns that bear on the student’s anticipated program of study.

Required Texts:

  • A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille


  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers By Jack Finney


  • The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin


  • Cell by Stephen King
  • World War Z by Max Brooks

Films (Provided in the Sawyer Library)

  • White Zombie (1932)


  • I Walked With a Zombie (1943)


  • Night of The Living Dead (1968)


  • 28 Days Later (2002)


  • Fido (2006)


  • Dawn of the Dead (Remake, 2004)
  • The Social Network (2010)

Required Technology:

  • FirstClass email account

Other required materials:

  • A notebook in which you will keep your in-class journal entries.

Attendance Policy (derived from pg 27 in the Catalog):

  • Every student is expected to attend all scheduled class sessions, including final exams.  There are no excused absences.
  • According to Husson University policy, the instructor will keep attendance records.  If the student is absent from more than 5 class meetings, the instructor will award the grade of X and deny course credit for excessive absences.

Cell Phone and Laptop and Ipad Policy:

  • All cell phones must be turned off. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in your dismissal for the day, and you will be recorded as absent for that class.
  • Electronic devices of any sort — computers and the like — are only to be in class and turned on when I indicate.  They will not be present in this class otherwise.

Snow Days and Sick Days:

  • Class will be canceled if the university is closed or I am otherwise prevented from attending.  If class is canceled because I cannot be here, you will be notified through your first class e-mail.

Turning in Work:

  • Papers are due in person at the beginning of class on the day specified.  They must meet all the requirements listed on the writing prompt, including those of length and format. All papers must be accompanied by previous drafts.
  • Late papers will receive a penalty of one-third of a full letter grade for each class period that passes, assessed from the final grade of the paper.  For example, a B+ would become a B after one day.
  • Late papers can be turned in no later than one week after the due date. Failure to do so will result in a grade of F on the paper, and you will lose the chance to revise.


  • Short Essay                                                     = 20%
  • Long Essay                                                      = 30%
  • Engagement/short form presentations    = 10%
  • Midterm                                                          = 10%
  • Final Exam                                                     = 10%
  • Group Presentations                                     = 20%

Grading Policies:

  • All assignments will be graded on a standard letter-grade scale, and only the final draft will receive a grade.
  • The student must complete all assignments to pass the course.
  • All papers must be typed.
  • An act of plagiarism or other forms of cheating will result in an F for the course grade.

Writing Center:

  • The writing center is a resource you should use to help you improve your writing. The writing consultants the center employs can help you invent, organize, and revise your documents to meet the specific requirements established during class. Take the time to become familiar with this resource and use it regularly. Please note: To improve the effectiveness of the writing consultation, please set up an appointment with a consultant at least 2 days before the assignment is due. Also, bring 2 copies of your paper with you to the tutoring session.  Location:   Peabody 210 Email: Phone ex: 973- 1097.  Director: Dr. Matthew T. Pifer.  Hours:  Tutors will be available between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, hours will be adjusted to meet the needs of the Husson community and appointments can be made before 9 and for the evening hours.

Students with Disabilities:

  • Husson University makes every attempt to reasonably accommodate those who request accommodations and provide evidence of a disability.  Such efforts accord with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In order to request disability-related services at Husson students must self-identify to Dean Wilson-Barker, and provide appropriate and up-to-date documentation to verify their disability or special needs.  After the accommodations have been approved by Dean Wilson-Barker, in order to obtain them, the student must notify the instructor by providing the accommodation plan. Depending upon the nature of the request, the instructor may then coordinate with Dean Wilson-Barker to fulfill the plan.  If you have any questions regarding reasonable accommodations or need to request disability-related services, please contact Dean Wilson-Barker in the Dean of Students Office in Peabody Hall room 208, or call (207) 992-1934, or e-mail

Academic Honesty:

  • Students and faculty in colleges and universities seek new knowledge and insights. There is so much to learn and know that we must build on the work of each other.  Academic integrity is essential to that building process.  We rely on each other, therefore, to specify what we know, how we know it, or where we found it.  Underlying this reliance is an obligation to be honest, forthright, and civil in all dealings with fellow student, staff, and faculty.  Behavior inconsistent with these obligations in the context of this course will not be tolerated.
  • Cheating, plagiarism, fabrication, falsification, collusion, and assaultive, demeaning or disruptive behavior are all examples of behavior that fall below the norms of academic integrity.  A student who engages in any such behavior will  be immediately dismissed with a failing grade from the course. Such behavior will also result in additional penalties, including suspension or dismissal from the student’s program, School, or the University.
  • If I determine that a violation of academic integrity has occurred, I will record the finding in a report and meet with the student to discuss the findings and proposed sanctions.  The student may appeal the findings to the Dean of Science and Humanities within 10 business days of the scheduled meeting with the instructor.  Uncontested sanctions or those supported by the Dean will become a matter of record on the student’s file and be retained for the duration of the student’s attendance at Husson.

Written Work Preparation:


Students’ papers should meet the following guidelines:

  • ALL work should be typed
  • Font size should be 12
  • Margins should be 1” (do not justify the right margin)Text should all be double spaced
  • First page should include students’ name and assignment identification
  • Citations to material must be in MLA Style

Grading System:

  • The system of evaluating a student’s achievement at Husson is by letter grade with the following percentage equivalents:
    • A                     95-100
    • A-                    90-94
    • B+                   87-89
    • B                     83-86
    • B-                    80-82
    • C+                   77-79
    • C                     73-76
    • C-                    70-72
    • D+                   67-69
    • D                     63-66
    • D-                    60-62
    • F                      Below 60
  • Other grades you may encounter include:
  • E          Exited without withdrawing (student disappeared from class during first four weeks of semester)
  • WW     Withdrew before midterm (no grade is given)
  • WP      Withdrew Passing
  • WF      Withdrew Failing
  • X         Credit Denied for Excessive Absences
  • WA     Administrative Withdrawal
  • I           Incomplete
  • Q         Audit

FERPA Policy

Your academic work and integrity is protected under law by FERPA. As a result, I can and will ONLY discuss your work and progression in private with you, and will not discuss any of your relevant academic information without anyone else other than university officials, unless you get a FERPA waver for the person or persons you want me to talk to. This is to protect your privacy. If you have further questions on this matter, please do not hesitate to ask.