Monday, 3 October 2011

Teaching vampires

The University of Arizona

Kyle Van Helsing of The demon hunter's compendium, sent me a link1 to an online course run by The University of Arizona's Department of Russian & Slavic Studies called 'Werewolves & vampires: Slavic folklore in our culture'. It's instructor is Andrew Gunn.

According to its Fall 2011 syllabus, vampires and werewolves will be explored through 'folklore (historical accounts, recorded testimony, and stories), novels, music, and films' and students will examine 'the representation of these figures as they develop and migrate from culture to culture in several historical periods.' The way these beings adapt, through various representations, is also highlighted: 'In each society they function differently, taking on different looks, characteristics, and roles that reflect their new settings in complex ways.'

It's also '100% online': 'attendance will be measured by your login activity and participation in the class forums, blogs and your postings/response to postings on D2L.'

1. 'FW: Vampires and Werewolves Class', Saturday, 1 October 2011 3:09:20 AM.‏

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