Aviva Briefel to Present Spring 2006 Karofsky Lecture

Story posted December 16, 2005

Aviva Briefel
Aviva Briefel

It is among the most personal honors a Bowdoin professor can receive.

Assistant Professor of English Aviva Briefel described her recent selection by the Class of 2006 to deliver the spring Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture as "one of my best days at Bowdoin."

Each semester, the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture features a Bowdoin faculty member chosen by members of the senior class honoring him or her as a teacher and role model.

Briefel is an original scholar whose interests span Victorian literature, art forgery in literature, and film studies. She plans to deliver a talk on horror films for the January 27, 2006 lecture, to be held in Kresge Auditorium.

"I want to discuss the ways in which horror films can teach us to become better readers of literary and cinematic texts," said Briefel, who will analyze elements of two recent horror films, The Sixth Sense and The Others. "Both of these films provide unexpected lessons for analyzing narratives," she noted.

Briefel earned her Ph.D. from Harvard and joined the Bowdoin faculty in 2000. She has taught widely on Victorian literature and introduced a highly popular course on horror films into the Bowdoin curriculum. Briefel has presented at numerous conferences, most recently presenting "Cosmetic Tragedies: On Paint, Death, and the Limits of the Female Self," at the North American Victorian Studies Association conference in October 2005.

Briefel's publications appear in a variety of professional journals, and her book, Fake IDs: Art Forgery and Identity in the Nineteenth Century, is forthcoming from the Cornell University Press.

Briefel's lecture heads the 2006 Common Hour Lecture series, which brings a wide range of speakers to the Bowdoin campus. Other upcoming lecturers and performance include: Dr. Charles Johnson, Salman Rushdie, Dick Pound, Marian Wright Edelman, and the Student Jazz and Chamber Ensemble Concert.

The Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture series is supported by the Karofsky Family Fund, which was established by Paul I. '66, his son David M. '93, and his brother Peter '62, in memory of their father and David's Grandfather, Sydney B. Karofsky.

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