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Dazed, Seduced and Transfixed: The Monster Through Time, In Literature and In Our Lives

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June 7: 6:00 pm

From Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, to Pu Songling’s The Painted Skin, to Jordan Peele’s Us, to Lovecraft Country, to Monsterland, and to nearly countless vampire tales, our culture is filled with manifestations of the monster. These figures span genres, from mythology to oral tradition to poetry. It is a part of our human cartography.

Alongside this legacy, moments of history have sometimes raised the question: “Who is the monster?” The creatures we have created on screen and on the page, or the reflection staring back at us?

In this presentation, Shanta Lee explores what the monster has meant within literature and what it means within our human interactions.


About the presenter

Shanta Lee GanderShanta Lee’s work has appeared in PRISM, ITERANT Literary Magazine, Palette Poetry, BLAVITY, DAME Magazine, The Crisis Magazine, and the Ms. Magazine Blog. Shanta Lee is the 2020 recipient of the Arthur Williams Award for Meritorious Service to the Arts and was named as Diode Editions’ full-length book contest winner for her debut poetry compilation, GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak in Woke Tongues. She is an MFA candidate in Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has an MBA from the University of Hartford and an undergraduate degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality from Trinity College. To see Shanta Lee’s photography and writing, visit


June 7
6:00 pm
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