Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What Monsters Mean: 10/27 & 10/28

Plan to attend two monstrous MEMSI events right before Halloween. Two authorities will visit us to discuss what monsters mean:

Jeffrey Weinstock is Professor of English at Central Michigan University. His areas of expertise are popular culture, American literature, and literary criticism. Publications include Scare Tactics: Supernatural Fiction by American Women as a Form of Social Protest (Fordham University Press, 2008), in which he examines the differences in ghost stories told by male and female writers. Other interests are vampires, "gothic" music and culture, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Asa Simon Mittman is Associate Professor of Art History at California State University, Chico. He has written and co-written several books and articles on the subject of monstrosity and marginality in the Middle Ages, including Maps and Monsters in Medieval England (Routledge, 2006). He is also the president of MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application) and co-director of the Digital Mappaemundi, an extraordinary resource that changes the ways we study medieval maps and geographic texts. He is currently working on articles on Satan in the Junius 11 manuscript, the Franks Casket, and images of Jews on medieval world maps.

Join us for both events if you can:

Thursday October 27 at 4 PM, 1957 E St. NW Room 213

Professors Weinstock and Mittman will lead "What Monsters Mean," an informal discussion of the cultural significance of monsters from the medieval period to the present day. The event is open to all who wish to attend.

Friday October 28 at 12 PM, Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St. NW)

GW MEMSI and the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) are co-sponsoring a seminar on monster theory. Both professors will discuss selections from the work as well as the contours of the larger field. This lunchtime seminar is open to all interested faculty and graduate students, but you must pre-register with Lowell Duckert to receive the readings [lduckert@gwu.edu]:

1. Selections from Jeffrey Weinstock, Vampires: Undead Cinema. Wallflower Press's "Short Cuts" series. Forthcoming 2011.

2. Asa Simon Mittman and Susan Kim, "Anglo-Saxon Frames of Reference: Spatial Relations on the Page and in the World," Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art, vol. 2 (2009), with Susan Kim.

3. Asa Simon Mittman, "Introduction: The Impact of Monsters and Monster Studies," Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, ed. Asa Simon Mittman, with Peter Dendle (London: Ashgate, January 2012).
See you later this month!

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