Thursday, October 6, 2011

What Monsters Mean

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EGSA is excited to announce the upcoming MEMSI "Monster" series co-sponsored with your favorite English Graduate Student Association. Right before Halloween, these two events promise lively discussions about ghost stories, vampires, and medieval monsters. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity for academic enrichment and plain fun. Come network with your peers, your professors, and scholars from other programs. Even if you are not in the MEMSI program, we highly recommend attending these events which promise interesting developments in recent scholarship as well as interdisciplinary discussion opportunities!

EGSA would also like to announce the creation of a reading group to meet in advance of these events for some "monstrous" discussion about the work of our speakers. Come join us for Halloween-themed snacks and a discussion of "What Monsters Mean." If  you would like to participate in the reading group, please complete this Doodle Poll to indicate your time preference or email Peyton Joyce ( for additional information. To R.S.V.P. to the events, and to receive copies of the texts, please email Lowell Duckert ( 

For more information about the speakers at these events, check out the GW MEMSI Blog

What Monsters Mean: 10/27 & 10/28

Join us for both events if you can:

Thursday October 27 at 4 PM, 1957 E St. NW Room 213

Professors Weinstock and Mittman will lead "What Monsters Mean," an informal discussion of the cultural significance of monsters from the medieval period to the present day. The event is open to all who wish to attend.

Friday October 28 at 12 PM, Rome Hall 771 (801 22nd St. NW)

GW MEMSI and the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) are co-sponsoring a seminar on monster theory. Both professors will discuss selections from the work as well as the contours of the larger field. This lunchtime seminar is open to all interested faculty and graduate students, but you must pre-register with Lowell Duckert to receive the readings []:

1. Selections from Jeffrey Weinstock, Vampires: Undead Cinema. Wallflower Press's "Short Cuts" series. Forthcoming 2011.

2. Asa Simon Mittman and Susan Kim, "Anglo-Saxon Frames of Reference: Spatial Relations on the Page and in the World," Different Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art, vol. 2 (2009), with Susan Kim.

3. Asa Simon Mittman, "Introduction: The Impact of Monsters and Monster Studies," Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, ed. Asa Simon Mittman, with Peter Dendle (London: Ashgate, January 2012). 

See you later this month!

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