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OpenCampus Talks, ‘Gothic Rats: The Nature of Gothic Vermin’

UNIVERSITY OF HULL, Hull, HU6 74X

14 Nov 2019

18:30

Free

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Matthew Crofts and Janine Hatter, postdoctoral researchers in English Literature

Rats in the popular Gothic imagination are deeply potent animals. As the harbingers of the Black Death, they represent disease and dying – and their links to such a fundamentally medieval disease makes them repositories of the past: just as they scurried across people’s feet and spread illness in the dark ages, so do they still.

Rats feature heavily in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (“Rats, rats, rats! Hundreds, thousands, millions of them, and every one a life.”) as well as two pieces of his short fiction: ‘The Judge’s House’ (1891) and ‘The Burial of Rats’ (1914). Stoker used rats as symbols of hauntings, the dispossessed and decaying nature. These examples demonstrate that the ‘unkillable’, constantly present, often unseen urban rat has remained a powerful vehicle for delivering horror.

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UNIVERSITY OF HULL,
Hull,
HU6 74X

01482 346311

sdms@hull.ac.uk

http://www.hull.ac.uk

The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Our motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, we’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world. As England’s 14th-oldest university, we have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. And we have no plans to stop helping to build a better world.

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