31 Oct. Zombie Oriented Ontology.

Happy Halloween!!

Part I. Remote Classroom Instructions

For full attendance and participation for 31 October 2017, please complete the following
  • 1. Read Jeffrey Cohen’s “Undead (A Zombie Oriented Ontology) and watch Walking Dead, Ep. 2
  • 2. Watch the video lecture below
  • 3. Complete your assigned portion of the Collaborative Invention Exercise in your team Google Doc

Part II. Class Plan Video

The video covers the following topics:
  • 1. Housekeeping:Submission Stuff
  • 2. Overview/explanation of Cohen’s Essay
  • 3. Brief application of Cohen’s ideas to Walking Dead
  • 4. Overview of what to expect for Thursday, Nov 2

Zombie Oriented Ontology and The Walking Dead

I review the answers to the following questions during the video overview of Cohen’s essay:
  • 1. What does Cohen say he thinks the ghost he saw in his dream wanted from him? OR, what is the “source of her wrath” (397)? What is your assessment of the “personal narrative” as an opening rhetorical gesture?
  • 2. What is speculative realism, also called object oriented philosophy? How are zombies, and not ghosts or vampires, ideal expressions of this sort of philosophy?
  • 3. What are some reasons Cohen gives for the zombie’s “recent ubiquity” (402-404)?
  • 4. How do zombies function as allegories for both “the dehumanized who return,” as well as the “dominating ethos” (405), which produces and profits from dehumanization? How do zombies perform, in Cohen’s formulation, “every signification of the word ‘consumer'” (405)?
  • 5. How do zombies challenge the idea that human bodies are subordinate to an idea of personhood or subjectivity? Or how does a show such as The Walking Dead, illustrate “the inhuman agency that resides in the pieces and substances that we totalize for a while into a body we call ours” (407)?
  • Application: So what? How/why do Cohen’s ideas help us to read the Walking Dead in general and in terms of our course theme?

Part III: Collaborative Invention Exercise

Your final project teams are listed below. For this assignment, click on your name/team link, which directed you to a Google Doc. Please note you have each been assigned a specific freewrite question that asks you to apply Cohen’s terms/insights to Ep. 2 of the Walking Dead.


ENGL.F2 ENGL.N1 ENGL.D2
1. Briana, Josh, Ashna, Katherine, & Samantha 6. Prashikh, Faith, Malek, Giba, & Miguel 11. Chaudhary, Jack, Alex, Ethan, Seth
2. Kusona, Cami, David, Yotam, Morgan 7. Ian, Michael, Patrick, Shiva, & Branden 12. Quentin, Ashley, Patrick, Dzmitry, Michelle
3. Sahil, Jacob, Ben, Felipe, and Bianca 8. Noah, Peter, Seenam, Joseph, & Marisa 13. Emma, Ryan, William, Camille, Zack
4. Shruthi, Sara, Kendall, Elena, Megan 9. Heather, Samwel, Saige, Robert, Kristen 14. Nicole, Gabby, David Saiontz, Pavan, Nish
5. AJ, Kristen, Zoe, Liya, Bruce 10. Gabriella, Joshua, Kaitlyn, Lewey, Anastacia 15. David Huberty, Davis, Jacob, Benjamin, Rohan

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