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Religion And Its Monsters / Edition 1

Religion And Its Monsters / Edition 1

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Religion's great and powerful mystery fascinates us, but it also terrifies. So too the monsters that haunt the stories of the Judeo-Christian mythos and earlier traditions: Leviathan, Behemoth, dragons, and other beasts. In this unusual and provocative book, Timothy K. Beal writes about the monsters that lurk in our religious texts, and about how monsters and religion are deeply entwined. Horror and faith are inextricable. Ans as monsters are part of religious texts and traditions, so religion lurks in the modern horror genre, from its birth in Dante's Inferno to the contemporary spookiness of H.P. Lovecraft and the Hellraiser films. Religion and Its Monsters is essential reading for students of religion and popular culture, as well as any readers with an interest in horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415925884
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/06/2001
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,062,138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Timothy K. Beal holds the Harkness Chair of Biblical Literature at Case Western Reserve University. He is author of The Book of Hiding and co-editor of Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies, both published by Routledge.

Table of Contents

Genesis 1, Take Two
Religion and Its Monsters, Monsters and Their Religion
Paradox of the Monstrous
Demonizing and Deifying
Monstrum Tremendum, Mysterium Tremendum
Part 1Religion and Its Monsters
1.Chaos Gods13
Fragments from the Ancient Near East
To Order and Back
Chaos Mother
The Cloudrider and the Warrior Goddess
No Rest
2.The Bible and Horror23
Biblical Monsters and Mad Professors
Water Play or Water Fight
Disorientation and Theological Horror
Monstrous Enemies
3.The Sleep of Wisdom35
Job and the Abyss of Suffering
Absence of All Refuge
Desiring Chaos
Lyricism of Terror
4.From the Whirlwind47
Rousing God Rousing Leviathan
Diapered Monster
Behold Behemoth
Drawing Out Leviathan
Wholly Other
Divine Abyss
5.Dinner and a Show57
Watching and Eating Monsters in Rabbinic Tradition
Seafaring Tales of the Rabbis
Fresh, Frozen or Salt-cured
Is This Monster Kosher?
Jonah's Undersea Adventure
6.To the Devil71
It's the Edge of the World as We Know It
Diabolical Dragon
The Monster-maker's Bible's Bible
From Beowulf to Dracula to Harry Potter
Part 2Monsters and Their Religion
7.New Monsters in Old Skins89
Modern Chaos Battles
Hobbes' Mortall God
But Why Leviathan?
Awe and Order
8.Other Gods103
Orientalism and Its Monsters
The Witch's Monkeys
Rama's Monkeys
Horrid Chambers of Imagery
Diabolical Monsters
Sublime Monsters
Disoriental Monsters
9.The Blood Is the Life123
Ritual Purity and Danger in Dracula
The Count's Religion
Laws Pertaining to Blood
Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood
Rituals of Resacralization
One Wedding and a Funeral
Last Battle
10.Screening Monsters141
Movie Time, Sacred Time
Monstrous Revelations (Nosferatu and Shadow of the Vampire)
Stage Rite (Dracula)
Exorcism (Metropolis)
I Am Become Death
Ecohorror on Screen
Demythologizing the Monster
Shooting the Monster
These Are Ourselves
12.Our Monsters, Ourselves173
Island of the Misfit Boys
Bela's Hideous Progeny
Cthulhu Mythos
Lovecraft's Hideous Progeny
From Scholars to the Campus Crusade for Cthulhu
Here Be Monsters

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