Things That Go "Bump" in the Night


This fall, the Center will be presenting Dr. Gordon Grice in a class titled “Edgar Allan Poe’s Legacy”.  Poe has been called the most influential of all American writers.  Poe invented or refined a dazzling array of techniques and genres, including the short story, detective fiction, symbolism, and science fiction, plus more.  Dr. Grice will explore Poe’s achievements and also trace his lasting influence on literature and popular culture in this series.

This class begins next Wednesday, September 12, at 1:00 p.m. on the UST Minneapolis Campus, Terrence Murphy Hall, Room 260 (Thornton Auditorium).  Space is still available, and your walk-up registration would be welcome on the 1st day of class.  Cost is $70.00 for the series.

Topics for the class include:

  • Don’t Trust Anybody
  • On Horror’s Head
  • Out of the Castle and into the Home
  • Science and Psychology
  • The Mystery Lingers after the Solution is Forgotten
  • The Nature of Poe

Dr. Grice joined the University of St. Thomas faculty in 2001, and has taught courses on Poe, classic ghost stories, nature writing and creative writing.  He is the author of several books, including The Red Hourglass, The Book of Deadly Animals, and Shark Attacks.  In addition, his articles on wildlife and forensic science have appeared in The New Yorker, Discover, Harper’s and other magazines.  Students of Dr. Grice have commented that he is “an all-around great teacher” and “a cool prof who exposes students to many different types of writing styles and authors”.  So, if you are a fan of short stories, detective fiction, science fiction, or symbolic literature, and/or a Poe fan, this is a “must” class!  ‘See you there!

Author:  Susan Anderson-Benson, Selim Center Program Manager

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