CMCI’s Dr Richard Howells was the invited guest lecturer at the Annual General Meeting of the Emmanuel College Society at Cambridge University at the weekend. The attendees also included representatives of the Harvard Club of the United Kingdom.
Dr Howells spoke on “Re-Sinking the Titanic: One Hundred Years On”. Here, he showed how the myth of the Titanic has been re-animated and re-appropriated in the interests of the teller ever since the sinking of the physical ship in 1912.
This year, of course, marks the centenary of the disaster: Howells has been publishing scholarly work on representations of the Titanic in visual and popular culture since 1999. This year, for example, saw a second edition of his The Myth of the Titanic, together with a journal article: “One Hundred Years of the Titanic on Film”, in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Volume 32, number 1, March 2012, pp. 73-93. ISSN 0143-9685, DOI 10.1080/01439685.2012.648054.