Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology

Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology

by Caroline Joan S. Picart, John Edgar Browning


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Employing a range of approaches to examine how "monster-talk" pervades not only popular culture but also public policy through film and other media, this book is a "one-stop shop" of sorts for students and instructors employing various approaches and media in the study of "teratologies," or discourses of the monstrous.

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ISBN-13: 9780230114500
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 07/03/2012
Edition description: 2012
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lonnie Athens is a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Seton Hall University.

Jason C. Bivins is an associate professor and the associate department head in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at North Carolina State University.

Harry M. Benshoff is an associate professor of Radio, Television, and Film at the University of North Texas.

Noël Carroll is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and one of the leading philosophers of art and aesthetics in the US.

Margaret L. Carter is a writer and scholar of horror.

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is a professor of English and the director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI) at the George Washington University.

Ian Conrich is a fellow in the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre at the University of Essex.

David Frank is a professor of Rhetoric at the University of Oregon and the academic dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College.

Ken Gelder is a professor of English at the University of Melbourne.

Cecil Greek is an associate professor of Sociology at University of South Florida Polytechnic.

Judith ('Jack') Halberstam is a professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California.

Mark Jancovich is a professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia.

Ôrît Kāmîr is a professor of Law, Culture and Gender at the Peres Law School in Israel.

Dominick LaCapra is Bryce & Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell University.

Kathleen Long is a professor of French in the Department of Romance Studies at Cornell University.

Patricia MacCormack is a reader in English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.

Andrew Hock-Soon Ng is a senior lecturer in Literature at Monash University Malaysia.

Daniel A Novak is an associate professor of English at Louisiana State University.

Dejan Ognjanović received his PhD from the University of Belgrade and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley.

Stephen Prince is a professor of Theatre and Cinema at Virginia Tech.

June Pulliam teaches courses in horror and adolescent literature at Louisiana State University.

Laurence A. Rickels is a professor of art and theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe.

David J. Skal is an author and an annual visiting lecturer in popular literature at Trinity College.

Carla María Thomas is a Henry M. MacCracken Fellow at New York University.

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Monstrosity and Multiculturalism - Caroline Joan ('Kay') S. Picart and John Edgar Browning PART 1: GENERAL THEORIES OF MONSTROSITY Monster Culture (Seven Theses) - Jeffrey Jerome Cohen Dread, Taboo, and The Thing (1982): Toward a Social Theory of the Horror Film - Stephen Prince Nightmare and the Horror Film: The Symbolic Biology of Fantastic Beings - Noël Carroll Our Vampires, Our Neighbors - Ken Gelder 'Psychological Thriller': Dead of Night (1945), British Film Culture, and the 1940s Horror Cycle - Mark Jancovich PART 2: TERATOLOGIES OF NATIONALITY AND RACE Monsters in the Literary Traditions of Asia: A Critical Appraisal - Andrew Hock-Soon Ng Slayer as Monster in Blood+ (2005-2006) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) - Margaret L. Carter 'Shapeless Deformity': Monstrosity, Visibility, and Racial Masquerade in Thomas Grattan's Cagot's Hut (1823) - Daniel Novak PART 3: IN BETWEEN FEAR AND DESIRE Apt Pupil (1998): The Hollywood Nazi-As-Monster Flick - Caroline Joan ('Kay') S. Picart and David Frank Demons Driven: Religious Teratologies - Jason C. Bivins An Age of Mechanical Destruction: Power Tools and the Monstrous in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Films - Ian Conrich PART 4: QUEER THEORY AND BOUNDARY CROSSINGS 'Way Too Gay to Be Ignored?': The Production and Reception of Queer Horror Cinema in the Twenty-First Century - Harry Benshoff Seed of Chucky: Transbiology and the Horror Flick - Judith ('Jack') Halberstam PART 5: CRIMINOLOGY, LAW, AND TERATOLOGIES: BETWEEN THE REAL AND THE REEL Stage Four: Virulency - Lonnie H. Athens Profiling the Terrorist as a Mass Murderer - Caroline Joan ('Kay') S. Picart and Cecil E. Greek What Makes Stalking Monsters So Monstrous, and How to Survive Them? - Ôrît Kāmîr Race and Serial Killing in the Media: The Case of Wayne Williams - Caroline Joan ('Kay') S. Picart PART 6: THE BIOLOGICAL MONSTROUS AND GENDER: THE HUMAN-ANIMAL-MACHINE DIVIDES ''Nature Abhors Normality': Theories of the Monstrous from Aristotle to The X-Files (1993-2002) - Kathleen Long Monster Spawn of Animal Experimentation in the Early Work of H. G. Wells: On the Containment of Psychopathic Violence as Preliminary to the Onset of the Capacity for Mourning - Laurence A. Rickels Why Is the Tension So High? The Monstrous Feminine in (Post)Modern Slasher Films - Dejan Ognjanović Blood and Bitches: Sexual Politics and the Female Lycanthrope in Young Adult Fiction - June Pulliam PART 7: TERATOLOGIES AND ETHICS The Queer Ethics of Monstrosity - Patricia MacCormack Reopening the Question of the Human and the Animal - Dominick LaCapra Where Reality and Fantasy Meet and Bifurcate: Holocaust Themes in Pan's Labyrinth (2006), X-Men (2000), and V (1983) - Caroline Joan ('Kay') S. Picart, John Edgar Browning, and Carla María Thomas

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