Collins Living-Learning Center | Monster Culture
L210 | 28601 | Kristin Thomas


What does it mean to “read” a film? How might one consider horror film as a
“cultural text”? This course rejects the notion that horror films belong to so-
called “trash” culture and have no inherent cultural value. Rather, horror films
are a particularly fascinating genre for exploring the underside of culture – the
outcasts or  “monsters” of culture and the anxieties they produce. In this
course, we will view American and European horror films from throughout the
twentieth century, considering their relation to the cultures from which they
emerged, and the political climates in which they were produced. By
comparing films and texts from different periods, we will gain an
understanding of how monsters of all kinds serve differing functions
throughout time and across cultures.