The Occult in Popular Fiction and Entertainments

Friday, 25 November 2016

Where does the occult fit into popular culture right now? Well, if you look for it, you'll find it everywhere; it seems that we are living in a very esoteric age. Teen fiction has been turned upside down in recent years by vampires and werewolves, while Irish writers like Eoin Colfer have been creating their own magical worlds for years. Where literature has gone, movies and TV have followed, and teen shows and flicks lead the way; the likes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Charmed, and, the Twilight series have become cornerstones of pop iconography. The occult may be associated with history and Victoriana, but it looms large in today's world - a world where a Hollywood medium has his own primetime show. Get your own perspective on it at this workshop.

This project investigates the influence of occult beliefs, themes, and figures on British popular culture between 1875-1947.

It will run three themed workshops at which members of the network— including scholars, artists, curators, librarians, and private archive holders— will meet to discuss how and why occult ideas penetrated mass culture in the period of our study, paying specific attention to their manifestation in popular fiction and entertainments, journalism, and political movements. We will also organise occult archive and site tours, along with exhibitions of special collection material. The workshops are free and open to the public.

This is the first of the three on the influence of occult beliefs, themes, and figures on British popular culture between 1875-1947. The workshop is led by Prof. Nick Daly (UCD), and concentrates on the occult in popular fiction and entertainments.

Venue: UCD Humanities Institute, Room H204

Click here for a copy of the programme.