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Monsters in Popular Culture: Invented, Awakened, Invading

Semester and Year SU 2012
Course Number IDSEM-UG1494
Section 001
Instructor Patricia Lennox
Days Tue,Thu
Time 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Units 4.0
Level U
Foundation Requirement


Session I: May 21-June 29.


From the earliest myths to the latest big-budget action film, powerful monsters continue to menace the innocent and frighten the listener/reader/viewer. Monsters have been pivotal to folk tales, myths, literary texts, and films. These hybrids of living creatures and otherness have endured since the beginnings of time and inhabit both the ancient and modern imagination. In the nineteenth century, they became intertwined with industrialization, scientific experimentations and inventions. By the end of that century, the psychological monster emerged whose terror lies in its grip on the subconscious. Modern monster stories and films are often sites of veiled political commentary. Post World War II, the shock of the atomic and hydrogen bombs released a new generation on screen of radioactive primitive monsters, while space exploration created another group of alien monsters. In this course, our monsters will include, but not be limited to Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Nosferatu, Godzilla (including the original Japanese Godjira), King Kong, assorted Blobs, Things, and Aliens, as well as creatures from the worlds of Harry Potter, Bilbo Baggins and Dark Materials’ Lyra. The reading/viewing material will include a mix of fiction, films, and critical articles.



Course Type

Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)

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