Why does the BOOGIEMAN come out at Halloween?

SIMON J. BRONNER, Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Visiting Professor of Humanities-- English Honor Society Brown Bag Talk

“Why does the Boogieman Come Out at Halloween? On the Origin and Meaning of Frightening Figures in Folk and Popular Culture.”

The Boogieman has a long history in slang, literature, folklore, and media and is often mentioned as the best known frightening figure in British and North American culture. It is frequently connected to narrative and film around Halloween time, and scholars typically offer its meaning in the functions of social control over youth. In this visual, interactive, and potentially scary (!) presentation, Dr. Bronner presents research on its origin, diffusion, and variation, and proposes a provocative new interpretation for its persistence. Viewer discretion is advised!

Wednesday, October 31 at 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Engineering Management Building, 103
600 W. 14th St., Rolla, MO 65409-0370

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