MMS is proud to announce its Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 curriculum.
We kick off the Fall 2018 semester on 2 October with "Women in Horror 3: New Perspectives." This five-week course opens with a roundtable discussion on the continued significance and influence of Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein (1818) with panelists Rebecca Million, Ursula Misztal, and Shalon Noble. In the following weeks, new perspectives on women in horror continue with Jay Shea's recovery of Barbara in Night of the Living Dead, Karen Herland on the Black Dahlia murder, Anne Golden on Karen Kusama's The Invitation, and Rosanna Maule rounding out the course on 30 October with more on the legacy of Mary Shelley. Next up on 6 and 13 November, Dawson College instructors Chris Whittaker (Physics) and Yann Brouillette (Chemistry) present the two-week double-feature, "Monster Science: The Physics and Chemistry of Monsters," picking apart scientifically the monsters we love and love to hate. L'Université de Montréal's Alexandra Dagenais follows on 20 November with a different kind of monster in "Le Féminin et le diable," a three-week course examining women and possession films, présenté en Français. Dagenais: "L’objectif de ce cours est de démontrer comment la possession exprime la manifestation d’une sexualité féminine refoulée par la société patriarcale et comment le spectacle de l’exorcisme comme attraction cinématographique objectifie cette sexualité." The fall semester at MMS wraps up on Thursday, 13 December with a lecture by special guest Virginie Selavy on Horror and Surrealism.
Winter 2019 at MMS begins on 29 January with the first in a series of courses focused on a particular year in horror, titled, appropriately, "A Year in Horror: 1983." This six-week course kicks off with Kristopher Woofter's discussion of Stephen King's novel Christine, and John Carpenter's near-simultaneous adaptation. University of North Carolina, Greensboro's Will Dodson travels to chilly Montréal to tackle David Cronenberg's seminal Videodrome, and Dawson College's Mikaela Bobiy hits us with another dose of Cronenberg (and King) in her discussion of The Dead Zone. Mario DeGiglio-Bellemare treats us to Lucio Fulci's crazed sword-and-sorcery epic, Conquest, and Ellen Freeman goes nostalgic with Steven Spielberg's production, The Twilight Zone: The Movie. Next up, starting 19 March, Concordia University's Mark Barber joins us for the three-week course "'Mind Saying that for the Camera?': Variations on First-Person Horror" taking on a subject dear to our hearts with films including Cannibal Holocaust (1980), The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Unfriended (2014/15). And Anais Charbonneau-Poitras puts the nail in the coffin of MMS 2018-2019 in her 9 April talk for the Monstrum Brood, Vol. 3, where we invite current and former MMS students to lead a discussion of their own.
Full course descriptions for all courses are coming soon on the MMS Courses page. Stay tuned!
The Schedule at a Glance:
MMS courses are held on Tuesdays* from 7pm to 10pm (9pm if no screening) at a suggested donation of $7. A discounted cost of $50 provides unlimited access to an entire semester. Join us!
*The exception is Virginie Selavy's Thursday, 13 December special guest lecture.
The Montréal Monstrum Society (or MMS) is a collective of horror scholars, researchers, and filmmakers, offering two ten-week semesters of courses in horror and related genres in cinema, television, literature, and other media.
Établi à Montréal, la Société Monstrum de Montréal est un collectif d’universitaires, de chercheurs et de cinéastes spécialisés dans le cinéma, la télévision et la littérature d’horreur.