Below, please find syllabi for our January 7th discussion and lecture. Typically these resources are posted 2 weeks in advance.
Theory, Criticism, and Society: 10/2018 – 3/2019
During this semester, we’ll explore ideas from theory and criticism focusing on art, literature, music, and culture, with the further intention of applying such ideas to the creation and organization of society. Our goal is to deepen our understanding of theory and criticism, and to broaden our perspective of the world we live in—and the possibilities open to us.
In this discussion, we will be reading the introduction to Harry M. Benshoff’s “Monsters in the Closet: Homosexuality and the Horror Film” and engaging with the concept of the “monster queer,” as well as the history of the horror film in regards to sexuality. Some questions to consider: how does the monster queer align with previous notions of the abject and the monstrous other? What does Benshoff mean by the “interruption” of heterosexuality within the horror film? How is queerness coded aesthetically beyond monstrosity (think “camp” and “kitsch”)?