Quarterly event series presented by Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts
February topic: Our Monster, Our Selves: Monstrous Feminine in Horror Film — A Talk by Dr. Marina Levina.
In this talk, Dr. Marina Levina will walk us through a brief history of representations of women’s bodies in horror film. She will illustrate how, and for what reason, women and the feminine have been portrayed as monstrous, deviant, and in need of control and punishment. She argues that these representations are intimately tied to the politics of the past and of the present. Some of the films she will discuss include Cronenberg’s The Brood, the first Alien film, Jennifer’s Body, and Carrie, amongst others.
Dr. Marina Levina is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Memphis. Her scholarship centers on cultural studies of science, technology and medicine, and critical media studies. An avid fan of monster and science fiction genres, she has written on cultural meanings of monstrosity and their relationship to current scientific and technological advances. Amongst other books, she is the first editor of Monster Culture in the 21st Century: A Reader (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2013). Dr. Levina frequently teaches Monster Films, Gender and Film, and Rhetoric of Pop Culture, as well as graduate seminars in media and technologies studies.
Networking at 6:30 p.m.; speaker presentation begins at 7:00 pm.
Complimentary food and drink.