2021, Fri, Nov 052021, Fri, Dec 03

Whiteness, Dissonance and Horror Part 3

With Cassandra Press

This course looks at Whiteness, the psychology of dissonance and psychopathy bred out of white supremacist ideation via American Horror films. Theorizing that Horror as a literary genre is a product of the white supremacist cultural imaginary, this class will look at horror motifs as the recognition of/ means of coping with the implications of white Beings and peoples in the perpetuation of brutal racial — colonialism violence, genocide and class warfare. The workshop conveners will use a comparative reading and mixed-media approach and discuss texts from the past and emerging canon of white authors on the horror of identity, such as Norman Mailer, Ted Kaczynski and Robin Di Angelo, alongside critical race studies thinkers like Cheryl Harris, Lisa Lowe and Jonathan Holloway to be screened with films by Clive Barker, Bram Stoker, George Romero, Ari Aster, Wes Craven, Sam Raimi and more. This class will be screening and text heavy.