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This semester's English Composition and Critical Thinking Special Topic: Zombies, Vampires, and Corpses. Oh My!
"What we call social ‘reality’ is a human construct, the product of cultural mythologies or value systems that intervene between our minds and the world we experience. Such cultural myths reflect the values and ideological interests of their builders, not the laws of nature or logic” (Maasik, Solomon 22).
“Popular culture has virtually become our culture…if we wish to understand ourselves, we must learn to think critically about…what was once condescendingly regarded as ‘mass culture’” (Maasik, Solomon V). Only then can we begin to make real active choices in our lives.
Examing the contemporary history, intended audience, and semiotic signs of Zombies in popular culture will lead us in understanding modern production and consumerism. Through studying Vampires, we will examine political and market structures as well as issues of power, privledge, and access. The course section on Corpses invites us to explore race, gender, sexuality, and perceptions of dissabilites.
Required texts Signs of Life of Life in the U.S.A, 7th ed. Edited by Maasik and Solomon, and The Writers Reference by Diana Hacker
Teaching Philosophy The Ten Principles of Burning Man inspire my classroom teaching. particularly the following.
• Radical Inclusion welcomes and respects all members of the community. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play.
• Radical Self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others.
• Communal Effort values creative cooperation and strives to produce, promote, and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.
• Radical Participation commits to a radically participatory ethic believing that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through deeply personal participation. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.
• Radical Self-reliance encourages the individual to discover, exercise, and rely on inner resources.
• Immediacy seeks to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our true selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world.
• Leave No Trace respects the environment and whenever possible leaves places in a better state.
Lydia Graecyn, Enjoying teaching and learning at Cabrillo College since 2003
M.A. English, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Teaching Credential: Single Subject English, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Technical Writing Certificate, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
B.A. Literature, University of California, Santa Cruz
Additonal interests: Social Justice, Marxist Theory, Nicola Tesla, Hunter S. Thompson, Bessie Smith, The Clash, Industrial Art, Documentaries and Pre-code Movies, Science Fiction and Technopoly, String Theory, Sewing, Service/ Therapy Dogs, Habitat for Humanity, and Speaking Spanish.