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Concrete Maternality: On Late Capitalism and High Rise Horror

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This lecture will focus on the coupling between residential towers and threatening and/or threatened female bodies in high rise horror.

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In her book on the role of gender in the modern horror film, Carol Clover discusses how the female body often translates as a metaphoric architecture for cinema, arguing that its penetrable yet opaque interiority becomes a perfect site for housing anxieties, fears, or what one would deem, following Freudian theory, the uncanny. This potentially disturbing correspondence between the uncanny feminine and architectural interiority finds its most overt articulation in horror films that take residential towers as their setting, with the precarity of female bodies highlighting the terrors that they give rise to. This lecture, led by instructor Émilie von Garan, focuses on the coupling between residential towers and threatening and/or threatened female bodies in two films—David Cronenberg’s Shivers (1975), and Bernard Rose’s Candyman (1992)—locating in each productive engagements with different stages of neoliberalism and urban development.

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Émilie von Garan is a Toronto based critical writer and researcher exploring the intersection of gender, technologies and architecture in film and moving image art. She is a PhD in Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto. Her interests include horror theory, art criticism, and the ways in which art and horror share aesthetic, structural, and conceptual strategies.

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About the Miskatonic Institute

Founded by Film writer/programmer Kier-La Janisse in 2010, The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies offers classes in horror history, theory and production, with branches in London, New York and Los Angeles, as well as hosting special events worldwide.

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