The Penguin Book of The Undead: An Illustrated Lecture with Medieval Historian Scott G. Bruce
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum
424 Third Ave. Brooklyn
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Ghost stories, as we commonly conceive of them, did not come into being until the late 19th century, when the Victorians popularized the idea of the haunting: a soul reaching from the beyond to expose secrets, avenge an untimely death, or otherwise meddle in the realm of the living to mysterious or malevolent ends. But ghosts have been fixtures of our collective imagination as potent cultural forces since premodern times.
Spanning from the Hebrew scriptures to the Roman Empire, the Scandinavian sagas to medieval Europe, the Protestant Reformation to the Renaissance, The Penguin Book of The Undead mines historical narratives, theological texts, and personal letters to chart our relationship with the spirit world over fifteen hundred years, showing the evolution in our thinking about the afterlife and the supernatural, as well as the consistencies.
Roving hordes of dead warriors, corpses trailed by barking dogs, moaning phantoms haunting deserted ruins, zombies with pestilential breath… in this lecture, Scott G. Bruce will explain how these descriptions persisted in the popular imagination to this day. The accounts in this expertly curated volume connect us to our ancient ancestors through stories that ask the most universal, intimately human question of all: What happens after we die?Buy tickets/get more info now