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In the Belly of the Beast: On the Sublimity of Excess in Jordan Peele’s “Nope”

April 11 @ 4:30 pm6:30 pm

Join leading scholar on Black horror films, Dr. Mikal Gaines (MCPHS), for his analysis of Jordan Peele’s horror western Nope. Nope is Peele’s third feature film, which builds on the massive success of 2017’s Get Out. Dr. Gaines will help us understand the complexity of Peele’s creature feature, connecting the film to theories of Blackness, abjection, and violence that have been important to recent studies of Black horror cinema.

This is an in-person event that is free and open to the public.

Mikal J. Gaines, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor of English at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) Boston. He teaches courses in Expository Writing, Introduction to Film, and Speculative Fiction and Film. His work has appeared in American Cinema of the 2010s, Fight the Power: The Spike Lee Reader, Jordan Peele’s Get Out Political Horror, Merchants of Menace: The Business of Horror Cinema, Spaces and Places of Horror, ASAP/J, Discourse, The Projector, the Journal of Cinema Media Studies, and Literature Interpretation Theory. His research areas include African American literature, film and popular culture, horror and gothic studies, and critical theory.

This event is co-sponsored by Nevada Humanities.


April 11
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
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