Jordan Peele and Ira Levin Go to the Movies: The Black/Jewish Genealogy of Modern Horror’s Minority Vocabulary

March 22, 2018 - 5:30pm

Room 407 Cathedral of Learning

The Pittsburgh Film and Media Colloquium presents "Jordan Peele and Ira Levin Go to the Movies: The Black/Jewish Genealogy of Modern Horror’s Minority Vocabulary," a lecture by Adam Lowenstein.

Two films that hang heavily over Jordan Peele’s Get Out (2017) are Rosemary’s Baby (1968) and The Stepford Wives (1975). These are both famous modern horror films, but they began as bestselling novels by the Jewish-American author Ira Levin (1929-2007). This talk explores the affinities between Get Out and Levin’s work in order to theorize modern horror’s minority vocabulary: the genre’s ability to articulate the experience of social minorities as real pain rather than paranoid fantasy.

Adam Lowenstein is Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of Dreaming of Cinema: Spectatorship, Surrealism, and the Age of Digital Media (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Shocking Representation: Historical Trauma, National Cinema, and the Modern Horror Film (Columbia University Press, 2005).

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