Victorian Monsters: public lecture series

monster1Creatures like werewolves, mummies, and vampires stalked the Victorian imagination, challenging limits and disturbing certainties. The Victorians had a mania for collecting, categorizing, and accumulating what one critic has called “comprehensive knowledge.” But these systems were incomplete and unreliable. The gap between the known and the unknown suggested similar gaps in other systems that claimed to order Victorian culture. These gaps are the place of the monster.

Join Dr. Karen Macfarlane for an entertaining and eye-opening exploration of the relation between some of the more famous Victorian monster texts (Dracula, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) and some lesser known works, and their place in the society that they reflect.

Where:  Keshen-Goodman Library Branch                             monster2
330 Lacewood Drive

When:    Fridays, 1:30 – 2:30.  See the schedule below.

Free public lecture  series offered in partnership with the Halifax Public Libraries.


January 22:  Victorian Culture, “Other Sciences,” the Occult, Mourning

January 29:  Victorian Culture: Empire, Knowledge and the Unknowable (Rudyard Kipling, H. Rider Haggard)

monster3February 5:  Museum Goth (Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Rider Haggard)

February 12:  Mummy Knows Best: Reanimated Mummies (Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker’s Jewel of Seven Stars)

February 19:  No lecture

February 26: “The Gods of the East”: English Bodies in Imperial Outposts (Rudyard Kipling’s Supernatural Stories)

March 4:  Invasion Scare: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Richard Marsh’s The Beetle.

March 11:  Our bodies, our Others: Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


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