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Beasts of the Deep: Sea Creatures and Popular Culture offers its readers an in-depth and interdisciplinary engagement with the sea and its monstrous inhabitants; through critical readings of folklore, weird fiction, film, music, radio and digital games.

Within the text there are a multitude of convergent critical perspectives used to engage and explore fictional and real monsters of the sea in media and folklore. The collection features chapters from a variety of academic perspectives; post- modernism, psychoanalysis, industrial-organisational analysis, fandom studies, sociology and philosophy are featured. Under examination are a wide range of narratives and media forms that represent, reimagine and create the Kraken, mermaids, giant sharks, sea draugrs and even the weird creatures of H.P. Lovecraft.

Beasts of the Deep offers an expansive study of our sea-born fears and anxieties, that are crystallised in a variety of monstrous forms. Repeatedly the chapters in the collection encounter the contemporary relevance of our fears of the sea and its inhabitants – through the dehumanising media depictions of refugees in the Mediterranean to the encroaching ecological disasters of global warming, pollution and the threat of mass marine extinction.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: Beasts of the Deep
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part 1: FOLKLORE AND WEIRD TALES
  1. Chapter 1 “From Beneath the Waves”: Sea-Draugr and the Popular Conscience
  2. Alexander Hay
  3. pp. 11-26
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  1. Chapter 2 The Depths of our Experience: Thalassophobia and the Oceanic Horror
  2. Seán J. Harrington
  3. pp. 27-41
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  1. Chapter 3 From Depths of Terror to Depths of Wonder: The Sublime in Lovecraft’s Call of Cthulhu and Cameron’s The Abyss
  2. Vivan Joseph
  3. pp. 42-56
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  1. Part 2: DEPTHS OF DESIRE
  1. Chapter 4 Beauty and the Octopus: Close encounters with the other-than-human
  2. Marco Benoît Carbone
  3. pp. 59-77
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  1. Chapter 5 The Octopussy: Exploring representations of female sexuality in Victor Hugo’s The Toilers of the Sea (1866) and The Laughing Man (1868)
  2. Laura Ettenfield
  3. pp. 78-93
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  1. Part 3: AQUATIC SPACES AND PRACTICES
  1. Chapter 7 Fan Totems: Affective Investments in the Sea Creatures of Horror and Science Fiction
  2. Brigid Cherry
  3. pp. 111-127
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  1. Chapter 8 Mermaid Spotting: the Rise of Mermaiding in Popular Culture
  2. Maria Mellins
  3. pp. 128-141
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  1. Chapter 9 Adventures in Liquid Space: Representations of the Sea in Disney Theme Parks
  2. Lee Brooks
  3. pp. 142-153
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  1. Chapter 10 Rivers of Blood, Sea of Bodies: An Analysis of Media Coverage of Migration and Trafficking on the High Seas
  2. Carole Murphy
  3. pp. 154-170
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  1. Part 4: SCREENING SEA CREATURES
  1. Chapter 11 Becoming-Shark? Jaws Unleashed, the Animal Avatar, and Popular Culture’s Eco-Politics
  2. Michael Fuchs
  3. pp. 173-184
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  1. Chapter 12 Songs of the Sea: Sea Beasts and Maritime Folklore in Global Animation
  2. Mark Fryers
  3. pp. 185-199
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  1. Chapter 13 The Mosasaurus and Immediacy in Jurassic World
  2. Damian O’Byrne
  3. pp. 200-213
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  1. Chapter 14 Nessie Has Risen from the Grave
  2. Kieran Foster and I. Q. Hunter
  3. pp. 214-230
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  1. The Editors and Contributors
  2. pp. 231-232
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780861969395
Related ISBN
9780861967339
MARC Record
OCLC
1023485911
Pages
200
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-22
Language
English
Open Access
No
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