Course Information

Vampires, werewolves, witches, aliens, serial killers, mad scientists, runaway AI, poltergeists, ghosts, demons, giants, zombies, killer clowns, scary children—these are just some of the monsters lurking on the edge of our imagination and at the center of our movie screens. Why are we fascinated by such creatures, and why do we fear them? This course seeks to answer these and other questions through the lens of mimetic theory.

How Courses Work

All of our courses are offered via online live attendance (using free webinar software, for which we provide a link). Each course is six weeks long, meeting online once a week on the same day at the same time. The weekly sessions run 90 minutes: 45 minutes for presentation and 45 minutes for Q&R. A maximum of 15 students will be randomly selected to participate in the Q&R sessions (system-generated). If a student misses a course session, the talk/lecture will still be available online for 60 days, but the live chat room interaction will not be available.

Live Class Dates

The course begins September 12, 2017 and runs weekly at 5PM EST. The live class dates are as follows:
  • Sep 12 – Session 1
  • Sep 19 – Session 2
  • Sep 26 – Session 3
  • Oct 3 – Session 4
  • Oct 10 – Session 5
  • Oct 17 – Session 6

Full course details, including session titles and attachments, are available upon registration.

Required Texts

Strangers, Gods, and Monsters
Richard Kearney

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About The Instructor

Kevin Miller is a freelance writer, editor, and filmmaker. Over the past 21 years, he has been involved in dozens of book and film projects, most notably the feature-length documentary “Hellbound?” He has also taught screenwriting and creative writing in a number of settings across North America and around the world. He is a keen observer of popular culture, and he is consistently amazed at how much mimetic theory reveals about the dynamics that make films—particularly horror films—work.

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