Performers and Programs

Performer Information  
Performer name: Geoff Klock
Phone: 212-879-5964
Mailing address: 151 E 83rd Street apt 6D
New York City, NY 10028
E-mail address: geoff.klock@gmail.com
Website: http://www.geoffklock.com
Previous appearances at: Wadham College, Oxford University, Balliol College, Oxford University, The Popular Culture Association of America, Nottingham University, LaGuardia Community College
Contact information for New York State Public Libraries
Information last updated: 03/17/2015

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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Kill Bill and Poetry Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Media- Film
I am the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and I have a doctorate in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry from Oxford University. I am an energetic and engaging public speaker, and I specialize in bringing the richest view of literature to a general audience without needless academic jargon. “Kill Bill and Poetry” compares Quentin Tarrantino’s collection of action genres (kung-fu, samurai, the western, 70s grind house, superhero comics) to John Milton’s complex allusions to Homer, Virgil, Dante, and Tasso in Paradise Lost. I look carefully at the works Tarrantino and Milton allude to, and explain their significance. Both Tarrantino and Milton invoke the history of their given genres in order to revise and evaluate the traditions they work in. By alluding to past masters they set themselves up as the culmination of all that has come before. A violent action film and the major Christian epic in English have more in common than you may have thought. This is a single one-and-a-half-hour talk, and could be done in conjunction with a screening of Kill Bill part 1.
$201- $350
Film and Literature Imaginary Biopics Literature- Poetry,
Literature- Authors,
Media- Film
I am the author of How to Read Superhero Comics and Why and I have a doctorate in nineteenth and twentieth century poetry from Oxford University. I am an energetic and engaging public speaker, and I specialize in bringing the richest view of literature to a general audience without needless academic jargon. My doctoral thesis, Imaginary Biographies, argued for the existence of a genre in poetry: the bizarre portrayal of historical writers. The pagan poet Virgil, for instance, weirdly appears as a guide to a Christian afterlife in Dante’s Inferno. “Imaginary Biopics” follows this genre into film. The poet William Blake (played by Johnny Depp) appears in Jim Jarmusch’s western Dead Man, for example. Other films that could be discussed include The Seven Per Cent Solution (Sigmund Freud meets Sherlock Holmes), Stephen Soderbergh’s Kafka (a terrorist thriller), and Shakespeare in Love. The works of the authors shed light on the films, and the films provide a new view of the authors. This talk could be a one-hour survey, a one-hour talk on any of the films, or a series of talks on several films. The talks could be in conjunction with film screenings.
$201- $350
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