Mary Shelley Symposium: Deidre Hall is the Devil

Sun. 17 Apr, 2016 at 2:30pm AEST
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Mary Shelley Symposium: Deidre Hall is the Devil

This event is part of the Mary Shelley Symposium at Stranger With My Face International Film Festival. Book below for individual ticket(s) or buy a festival pass.

DEIDRE HALL IS THE DEVIL: Horror and soap opera

Soap opera, as melodrama before it, regularly deals with the weird, the Gothic, and the horrifying, and explores them in a format which is ‘safe’: something which would seem to be antithetical to horror, but might also open up new possibilities for exploring horrifying ideas.

This talk will look at the history of horror and the soap opera, using examples from Dark Shadows, Days of Our Lives, Passions, and The Bold and the Beautiful. It will examine the ways in which the mid-century love affair with the pulp Gothic novel was dealt  with and expressed in soap. In particular, it will look at the role of women in horrifying plotlines in soap opera, both as villain and victim.

Soap is a space in which some unusual and marginal female identities can be expressed: what does this mean when these identities are embedded in a horrifying context?


Dr Jodi McAlister is a lecturer in English at UTAS. Her academic work focuses on the history of love, sex, and popular culture. Her debut novel Valentine will be published in 2017.


Concessions: ADG/MEAA/AWG/TaFA members, Healthcare Card, Seniors Card, under 16s

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