English, American Studies, and Creative Writing Research Seminar - Inaugural seminar in the EAC critical race studies seminar series
|Dates:||23 March 2022|
|Times:||17:00 - 17:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Speaker:||Dr Amy Bride|
Dr Amy Bride (UoM), 'Monsters of Colour, Monsters of Means: Undead Consumers and the Race-Profit Correlation in Gothic American Fiction'
The black-white binary of American gothic literature, in which black magic is evil and monsters are predominantly dark-skinned, has been read as reflecting the racial tensions and conflicts endemic to American history by the likes of Teresa Goddu, Toni Morrison, and Maisha Wester. However, the correlation between this literary monsterization of racial darkness and the characterization of these monsters as either disposable assets or else financial pariahs is yet to be recognized. Through an investigation of what I term the ‘Race-Profit Correlation’, the paper will examine the ways in which the level of danger threatened by literary and cinematic vampires and zombies fluctuates according to whether they are coded as white or back, and the ways that this racial coding also speaks to racist practices and legacies of the financial market.
Dr Amy Bride
Organisation: University of Manchester
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