KU experts can talk about spooky seasonal topics for Halloween
LAWRENCE – Witches and Zombies, Vampires, Ghosts and Gargoyles – there are experts from the University of Kansas available to explain our fascination with most literary, stage and screen minds this Halloween season.
Jane barnette, an associate professor in the KU theater and dance department, says she research in portraying witchcraft on stage and on screen corresponds to her own interest as a practitioner. She spoke about the two in an episode of KU News Service “When the experts attack! »Podcast in 2020.
Barnette just wrote a chapter on #WitchTok, a subculture within the TikTok app, for Routledge editors’ forthcoming book, “TikTok Cultures,” edited by viral dance sensation and educator Trevor Boffone. In addition, her article on the 1836 American play “Witchcraft” by Joanna Baillie will be published this year in the journal Theater History Studies.
Paul Scott, associate professor of French and affiliated with the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, has a secondary activity as a zombie expert, having written extensively on modern manifestations of the flesh-eating ghoul trope. Last year he published an article titled “From contagion to cogitation: the evolving television zombie” in the journal Science Fiction Studies. He is working on a delivered on the subject, recently expanding its subject matter to include the South Korean series “Zombie Detective” and “Sweet Home”. Scott spoke at the June 2021 Science Fiction Research Association conference, giving an article titled “A Rational Zombie’s Critique of Capitalism in Zombie Detective”. He will teach a winter course, French 150, entitled “Zombies, Aliens, Monsters”.
Shape-changing leeches have proven to be a popular topic for Ani Kokobobo, Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Languages and Literatures. She’s teaching Slavic 230 again this semester – The vampire in literature, film and television. The course examines the historical development of the vampire i.e. Dracula, a legend in Eastern Europe leading to his contemporary cinematic and pop variations. The teacher said she learned from teaching the class that “since the vampire is a figure who by definition often has to feed on others for his own survival, he can be a useful tool in assessing our own morals and broader ethical questions. . “
Giselle Anatol focused on a whole different kind of vampire, caring for the Caribbean, in her 2015 book “The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Circum-Caribbean and African Diaspora Literature “ from Rutgers University Press. A professor in the English department, Anatol grew up listening to folk tales of the “loogaroo,” or “old witch,” who shed her skin overnight and flies around her community to suck blood from unwitting victims. Anatol said worryingly This figure was generally used to encourage children to be obedient, but also to reinforce certain perceptions about the role of women and the elderly in the Caribbean and the Deep South of the United States.
John Tibbett was goth before goth was cool. The prolific author, former television journalist, film critic and former professor of film and media studies has just published the fourth in a series of books on Gothic horror topics. He started with “The Gothic Imagination: Conversations on Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction in the Media” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and continued until “The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub” (McFarland, 2016), whom Tibbetts calls “America’s greatest ghost story writer”. Lately he has focused on two debuts of the 20e British writers of the century of strange fiction. His biography “The Furies of Marjorie Bowen” (McFarland, 2019) was the first about him, followed by his exploration of “The Dark Side of GK Chesterton: Gargoyles and Grotesques” (McFarland, 2021). Tibbetts said he hoped his two edited volumes of “The Marjorie Bowen Reader” would be released later this year. Tibbetts was a friend of the late science fiction writer Ray Bradbury, and he interviewed many contemporary horror filmmakers, from John Carpenter to Tim Burton. He can speak eloquently about the allure of the strange.
To arrange interviews with any of these KU researchers, please contact Rick Hellman, KU Press Office Public Affairs Manager, at [email protected] or 913-620-8786.