This seminar aims to examine the ways that premodern depictions of devils, demons, dragons, and other infernal creatures live on beyond their original audience and time period. How and why do these creatures continue to inspire our imagination today, and what can they teach us about modern understandings of medieval ontology?
We are interested in a range of topics that consider how depictions of demonic creatures help us to interrogate -- and better theorize -- hybridity, erotic attraction and repulsion, compulsion, and performance of forbidden selves. We welcome submissions from all approaches, periods, and disciplines. For example:
--how does Beowulf's dragon hoard signify a cultural heritage that needs to remain buried?