OpenCampus Tea-Time Talk - ‘The Contemporary Body’
Speaker: Sandra Mills, PhD candidate in English Literature, University of Hull.
This talk focuses upon literary and visual narratives which portray the doll, often concurrently, as a living entity and lifeless artefact, part human, part object. It examines how this childhood relic has found itself increasingly at home in the horror genre by tracing its evolution from historic curiosity to present spectacle. For many this is the stuff of childhood nightmares, lifeless bodies now animate, inducing fear and characterising horror.
Sandra Mills is a PhD candidate based in the School of Arts at the University of Hull. Her thesis examines representations of the ‘living’ doll in contemporary horror literature and film. She co-organised the interdisciplinary ‘(Dis)Connected Forms: Narratives on the Fractured Self’ conference which took place at the University of Hull in September 2016. She has published on the work of Angela Carter, Carlo Collodi, and Ramsey Campbell. Her wider research interests include: children’s literature, Gothic studies, death studies, adaptation, intertextuality, contemporary science fiction and film.
Free Admission - All welcome – Booking is required, please visit: http://libcal.hull.ac.uk/event/3302936