“I Gave Him Life”: The Denigration of Self from Frankenstein to Re-Animator & Beyond

Leah Lapszynski

Northeastern University

Session 1, 8:45-10:15 a.m., April 12, 2014

This discussion explores the denigration of the self-as-scientist starting with the literary classic of Frankenstein, to popular media culture in the 1985 horror cult classic Re-Animator, and ending with 21st century fears of cloning and mutation.

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Daring Voyagers: Milton and Lovecraft’s Paradisal Dreamquests

Marcello Ricciardi

St. Joseph’s College

Session 2, 10:30 to noon, April 12, 2014

Both Milton and Lovecraft speak of nightly dream visitations that lead them to other realms, Milton, inspired by the Holy Spirit, “wander[s] where the Muses haunt/ Clear Spring, or shady Grove”and Lovecraft, afflicted with sleep paralysis, speaks of the dreaded coming of the Night-Gaunts.

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“The Tribes of the Moon” and their Afterlives: A Discussion of Anti-Capital and Counter-Productive Spaces in the Horror of Clive Barker

Robert Lipscomb

University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Session 2, 10:30 to noon, April 12, 2014

In 1990, Clive Barker adapted his 1988 novel Cabal into the film Nightbreed. Though not well received at the time of its release, both the film and the book represent a significant response to much of the pro-capitalist messaging of the 1980s

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Madwomen Downstairs:  Exploring the Deadly Elitism of VC Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic

Marshall Highet

College of St. Joseph

Session 2, 10:30 to noon, April 12, 2014

Gothic romance has certain defining aspects: the past intruding on the present; domestic spaces that become tombs and cages; females losing their sanity and characters subjected to extreme emotional states; a charming male character who can, at the same time, repulse and rescue the main female protagonist; doubles, doppelgangers, and mirrors.

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Towards a Horrific Ecosystem

Dan Look, St. Lawrence University

Jonas Prida, College of St. Joseph

Session 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m., April 12, 2014

This presentation explores the complex systemic nature of horror texts, both in relation to other horrific productions and to the larger circulating cultural and scientific forces.

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