Monstrous Fiction *NEW* *In-Person*

Do you love monsters? Take a break from mundanity with this eight-week course focusing on monstrous short stories by authors like Haruki Murakami and Octavia Butler. What are monsters? Why are we so fascinated by them? What can we learn from them? Ranging from folktales to modern-day dark fiction, this course will teach you to use literary devices as tools for dissecting some of humankind’s worst fears. Instructor: Von Beckford



Start Date

September 13, 2021









8 Mondays, 7:45-9:00pm Begins Sep. 13 No class Oct. 11

This class will meet in-person at CCAE with a limited student capacity. Please view our In-Person Class Guidelines prior to enrolling.

Instructors: Von Beckford


Von Beckford

Von Beckford [M.A. English/B.A. English (minor Creative Writing), Cum Laude/A.A. English, High Honors] a Cambridge native, received his M.A. from UMASS Boston, where he began his teaching career as an English/Literature professor. Some of his favorite teaching texts included works by female authors like Charlotte Perkins-Gilman, Jamaica Kincaid, and Kate Chopin. In addition to teaching the explication of fiction and non-fiction texts, he has also spent over a decade sharing and researching the history of black/female singers of the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. Between fiction and music, he is particularly interested in exploring and exposing the voices of those – often women - who have historically been silenced or overlooked. He teaches Expository writing at Bentley University.