Monsters and the Monstrous.
Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil.
SCOTT, Niall (ed.)
Amsterdam/New York, NY, 2007, VII, 228 pp.
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Emerging from depths comes a series of papers dealing with one of the most significant creations that reflects on and critiques human existence. Both a warning and a demonstration, the monster as myth and metaphor provides an articulation of human imagination that toys with the permissible and impermissible. Monsters from zombies to cuddly cartoon characters, emerging from sewers, from pages of literature, propaganda posters, movies and heavy metal, all are covered in this challenging, scholarly collection.
This volume the third in the series presents a marvellous collection of studies on the metaphor of the monster in literature, cinema, music, culture, philosophy, history and politics. Both historical reflection and concerns of our time are addressed with clarity and written in an accessible manner providing appeal for the scholar and lay reader alike. This eclectic collection will be of interest to academics and students working in a range of disciplines, such as cultural studies, film studies, political theory, philosophy and literature studies.
Section One: Monstrous Origins: Histories from the Deep and Transformed Humans
(Where ever they come from, they keep coming)
Paul DOBRASZCZYK: “Monster Sewers”: Experiencing London’s Main Drainage System
Kevin Alexander BOON: Ontological Anxiety Made Flesh: The Zombie in Literature, Film and Culture
Peter DENDLE: The Zombie as Barometer of Cultural Anxiety
Section Two: The Monster and the Political
(Once they get into politics you can’t get rid of them)
Neda ATANASOSKI: Dracula as Ethnic Conflict: The Technologies of “Humanitarian Intervention” in the Balkans during the 1999 NATO Bombing of Serbia and Kosovo
Kristen Williams BACKER: Kultur-Terror: The Composite Monster in Nazi Visual Propaganda
Elun GABRIEL: The Anarchist as Monster in Fin-de-Siècle Europe
Section Three: Familial Monsters
(Maybe some of them are regular folk like you and me)
Emily CHENG: Family, Race, and Citizenship in Disney’s Lilo and Stitch
Colette BALMAIN: The Enemy Within: The Child as Terrorist in the Contemporary American Horror Film
Nicola GOC: ‘Monstrous Mothers’ and the Media
Greg TUCK: Of Monsters, Masturbators and Markets: Autoerotic Desire, Sexual Exchange and the Cinematic Serial Killer
Section Four: Miscellaneous Monsters
(They can be evil, male, female, but most importantly beware, they can be cute.)
Ben BAROOTES: Nobody’s Meat: Freedom through Monstrosity in Contemporary British Fiction
Niall SCOTT: God Hates Us All: Kant, Radical Evil and the Diabolical Monstrous Human in Heavy Metal
Maja BRZOZOWSKA-BRYWCZYNSKA: Monstrous/Cute: Notes on the Ambivalent Nature of Cuteness