Monsters From the Id: Analyzing Horror and the Darkest Corners of the Human Psyche
In his important critical work Danse Macabre, the famous “horror-meister” Stephen King identifies a few fundamental horror archetypes; these include the vampire, the werewolf, and the “thing without a name.” King, like some other horror writers and critics, maintains that examining these archetypes and the continued popularity of the horror genre leads directly to an examination of some of the darkest and most dangerous corners of the human psyche. We’ll discuss this idea and how we might choose to contextualize this concept in terms of contemporary society.
Teacher: Jaime Weida
Jaime Weida is an Assistant Professor in the English department at Borough of Manhattan Community College where she teaches courses on Science Fiction, Queer Literature, Women in Literature and Shakespeare. She earned her PhD on science and mythology in modern literature at the graduate Center and also holds a masters degree in physics and a BA in astrophysics.