Courses

The Vampire in Literature and Culture

THREE MONDAYS, NOON – 1:30 P.M., OCTOBER 21, 28, AND NOVEMBER 4 | MENIL COLLECTION, 1515 SUL ROSS

OCTOBER 21: THE SLAVIC UN-DEAD AND THE WICKED VAMPIRE
The first session will examine the vampire in the history and cultures of Russia, the Balkans, and Central and Eastern Europe.

OCTOBER 28: ROMANTICISM’S VAMPIRES, FROM ABOMINATION TO LOVER
The vampire will be our guide through the Orientalist fantasies of Coleridge and Byron and the haunting prose of Karamzin and Gogol.

NOVEMBER 4: CULTIVATING DECADENCE IN BRAM STOKER AND THE VICTORIAN VAMPIRE
Published in 1897, Bram Stoker’s Dracula offers a revealing index of Victorian England from Dandyism to Darwinism, from xenophobia to feminism, from Jack the Ripper's murders to John Ruskin’s art theory.

Tom Garza is an associate professor of Slavic languages and literature and the director of the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas, Austin. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza is an asssociate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Texas, Austin and the director of the graduate program in comparative literature.

Suggested reading: Dracula by Bram Stoker, the first and most chilling portrait of a vampire.

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Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 

 

If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez October 26-29, 2019 you may access the itinerary, trip cost, and registration documents here.
 

If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 

 

Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 

 

Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.

 

AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced

 

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