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Teaching political philosophy through monster films

David Larson (Ph.D. candidate in religious studies at Boston University) is doing just that. The texts used include Manifesto of the Communist Party and Discourse on the Origin and Foundations of Inequality. Films include Frankenstein, Blade Runner, Dawn of the Dead, Terminator, and An American Werewolf in London. Why feature monster films so prominently in the classroom?

One student suggested monsters are a way to talk about unpleasant topics, like serial killing, without actually discussing serial killers. Perhaps we need cyborgs, werewolves, and zombies, Larson agreed: “There’s a way in which a monster might allow us to talk about taboos.…‘I’ll disguise it as a giant insect monster.’”



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