Haunted House Stories in Literature and Film

Haunted house tales, stories about places inhabited by ghosts, entities and energies, offer a way to explore the forgotten, the repressed and the unresolved. In this talk and discussion, we’ll consider stories such as “The Fall of the House of Usher” by Edgar Allen Poe and “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. We’ll also examine some classic films of the genre including, “The Shining,” “The Amityville Horror,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca,” and “Curse of the Cat People.” What does it mean to say that a place or person is haunted? What does our fascination with hauntings say about us?


James Reed

James Reed is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where he teaches courses on Film Studies and Professional and Technical Writing.

Date: Fri, May 17, 2024

Delivery Method: In-person With Livestream

Time: 12:30-1:45pm CT

Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center or view on Zoom

Instructor: James Reed

Fee: $10

Program Number: SPRI:388

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