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Stanford Report, April 26, 2000

Symposium planned April 27-28 on Gothic imagination

"Spectres of Enlightenment," a symposium about Gothic imagination, will be held April 27-28 at the Humanities Center Annex, 579 Alvarado Row.

The sessions are free and open to the public, but seating is limited.

British author Marina Warner, a visiting professor in the English Department this quarter, will give two talks about "spirit visions" to launch the discussions of apparitions, phantasmagoria, reveries, follies, enchantments and hauntings. She will speak about "The Inner Eye" at 5 p.m. Thursday and "Ectoplasm" at 9 a.m. Friday.

Stanford speakers at the symposium include John Bender, the Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies; Terry Castle, the Walter Haas Professor in the Humanities; Robert Harrison, professor of French and Italian; Alexander Nemerov, assistant professor of art history; Alice Rayner, associate professor of drama; Jeffrey Schnapp, the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature; and Michael Shanks, professor of classics. SR