Zombies vs. Vampires: The Role of the Undead in Popular Culture

Join faculty member Dr. Angela Tenga and your fellow alumni for this creepy and fascinating Lunch & Learn Lecture.

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 12:00pm EDT (Convert to your local time zone)
Location: Zoom (You will receive the link when you register)

Dr. Tenga will present a comparative study of the popular appeal of zombies and vampires, delving into the historical elements to examine how two undead creatures evolved to reflect some of the same cultural fears—but how their cultural relevance also comes from strikingly different sources. Together, we'll review some scenes from different films to observe their portrayals, cultural significance, similarities, and differences.


About Dr. Tenga

Angela Tenga, Ph.D. is an associate professor at Florida Tech's School of Arts and Communication. She received her B.A. from SUNY Stony Brook, and both her M.A. and Ph.D. from Purdue University. 

Dr. Tenga currently teaches courses in literature, popular culture, and history. She has also taught English as a second language in Germany and worked as a professional investment writer in the United States and in Europe.

Her current research interests include:

  • Monstrosity in fiction and popular culture
  • Crime and serial murder in fiction and popular culture
  • Narratives of the undead
  • Medieval literature.

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