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Humanities Lecture Series to Explore Women in Frankenstein and Dracula on March 7

Posted 03/03/2017
Submitted by Nicholas Ealy
Category: Campus Announcements

The University of Hartford Humanities Center Lecture Series “Our Monsters, Ourselves” continues Tuesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dana 201 (Mali 1) Lecture Hall.

The lecture series is FREE and OPEN TO ALL.

This fifth lecture in the series, titled “Desire and Horror: Monstrous Women in Feminist Performances of Frankenstein and Dracula,” will be given by Erin Striff PhD, Associate Professor of English at the University of Hartford and Humanities Center Faculty Fellow.

In this talk, Dr. Striff will trace the evolution of monstrous women in Dracula and Frankenstein from the 1980s to the present. Specifically focusing on feminist adaptations, she will analyze how the female characters of these works choose a monstrous otherness that allows them to possess power and, in the process, subvert more traditional adaptations where they are highly sexualized.

Dr. Striff holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Wales, Cardiff. In addition to specializing in feminist theatre, she is a published playwright whose works have been performed in both the US and the UK.

The Lecture Series was developed and is led by Amanda Walling PhD, Associate Professor in the department of English and Modern Languages (A&S).

The Humanities Center at the University of Hartford supports interdisciplinary scholarship focusing on the humanities through art, science, technology, media, music, psychology, history, film, philosophy and literature. For more information, contact Nicholas Ealy, Interim Director, at