Talk: Thursday 15 October 2015, 7.30 pm, Common Room, Cottenham Village College.
Archaeology and the ghost stories of M. R. James by Gabe Moshenska
Doors open 7.15 pm; meeting begins 7.30 pm
This talk examines the work of the famous ghost story writer M.R. James (1862–1936). James’ stories, widely regarded as the finest of their genre, often featured antiquarians and archaeologists – mostly as the victims of horrific supernatural events. Did James really believe that archaeology was a dangerous and uncanny interference in the world of the dead, or were his stories poking fun at himself and his colleagues? Gabe Moshenska is a lecturer at UCL Institute of Archaeology.