Culture, the Arts and Society - Folklore in Horror Movies

CLLC-L 210 / Class 12191 — FALL 2024

Edmondson Hall C112
Days and Times
Tu/Th 9:45 – 11:00 am Film screenings Mon 7:00-9:00 pm Collins Cinema
Course Description

In this course, we explore the persistent presence of folklore in horror movies. We analyze how folk narratives, texts, and motifs are embodied in the genre, delving into a broad spectrum of folkloric themes, from supernatural phenomena to classic horror motifs like vampires and monsters. Rather than simply identifying folklore in these films, we examine how it is assimilated into popular culture alongside contemporary social and cultural issues. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we investigate the reimagining of folkloric horror themes in movies and their connections to topics like race, gender, technology, and religion. The course critically discusses why these narratives endure and how they serve as vessels for expressing fears, anxieties, and hopes within different communities. Through screenings and readings, students gain a deeper understanding of the adaptation of folkloric elements in response to historical and contemporary societal issues, fostering an appreciation for their role in ongoing social and cultural dialogues within horror cinema.  

Instructor: Ozgun Ozata