Mon., October 9, 2017, 6 pm, Lecture Series on
"Humanities in Community"
On second Mondays monthly -- excepting semester and summer breaks -- a Liberal Arts professor/instructor from the UW-Madison or Madison College will explore issues or topics and invite Q&A. See posters in our archive for descriptions of previous lectures. _____________________________________
Topic: "Utopia" by Thomas More -- as text, subtext and horror
If you missed this lecture, or wish to watch it again, find it stored on Youtube at (ignore the "no signal" warning):
Lecturer: Madison College English Instructor, Jack Opel, Ph.D., UW-Madison
"The impact of the recent horror film “Get Out” reminds us of horror’s power to touch deep cultural anxieties with both shock and finesse. We sometimes refer to these connections as “text and subtext,” the social frame from which a narrative draws much of its power.
"In this presentation, we will consider Thomas More’s Utopia (1516), an imagined conversation with the fictitious traveler Raphael Hytholdeus and his account of the “well and wisely governed” kingdom, Utopia. (online text, Audiobook reading_4-hour, 6-hour)
"More’s text was a critical broadside into European culture, and the ingenuity of his method clarifies how ideas like text and subtext represent a careful, reflexive way of thinking about troubling contradictions in society and opens new approaches to often intransigent problems.
"From there, we can consider the history of the horror genre, especially in the United States and especially in film, with an eye towards reimagining classic horror formulas for the present day."
When opened online, the attached files (pdf) contained live links, too.
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