Wednesday,October 26th at 7:00 p.m
Award-winning scholar and author Leo Braudy charts four hundred years of “monsters” and how they reflect the culture that created them. Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural World will make you the most frighteningly insightful person at that upcoming Halloween party! Come get some psycho-historical chills with Leo Braudy, in conversation with Tom Lutz, founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books. Talk, reading, q&a and signing.
Leo Braudy, a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award, has won accolades for revealing the complex and constantly shifting history behind seemingly unchanging ideas of fame, war, and masculinity. Continuing his interest in the history of emotion, this book explores how fear has been shaped into images of monsters and monstrosity. From the Protestant Reformation to contemporary horror films and fiction, he explores four major types: the monster from nature (King Kong), the created monster (Frankenstein), the monster from within (Mr. Hyde), and the monster from the past (Dracula). Drawing upon deep historical and literary research, Braudy discusses the lasting presence of fearful imaginings in an age of scientific progress.
Leo Braudy is university professor and Bing Chair in English and American Literature at the University of Southern California. His many books include The Frenzy of Renown and From Chivalry to Terrorism. He lives in Los Angeles, CA.
Tom Lutz is the founding editor of Los Angeles Review of Books and the author of NY Times bestselling books Crying: The Natural and Cultural History of Tears and Doing Nothing: History of Loafers, Loungers, Slackers and Bums in America, among other books. He is a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside.