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Companion volumes Classic Readings on Monster Theory and Primary Sources on Monsters gather a wide range of readings and sources to enable us to see and understand what monsters can show us about what it means to be human. The first volume introduces important modern theorists of the monstrous and aims to provide interpretive tools and strategies for students to use to grapple with the primary sources in the second volume, which brings together some of the most influential and indicative monster narratives from the West.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. vi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: “A Marvel of Monsters”
  2. pp. ix-xvi
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  1. PART I. MONSTER THEORY
  1. “Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics”
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. pp. 3-18
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  1. “A Measure of Man,” excerpted from The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought
  2. John Block Friedman
  3. pp. 19-26
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  1. “The Nature of Horror,” from The Philosophy of Horror
  2. Noël Carroll
  3. pp. 27-36
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  1. “Rethinking the Canon: Prophets, Canons, and Promising Monsters”
  2. Michael Camille
  3. pp. 37-42
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  1. “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)”
  2. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
  3. pp. 43-54
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  1. PART II. ALLIED THEORIES
  1. “Introduction,” from Orientalism
  2. Edward Said
  3. pp. 57-66
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  1. “Approaching Abjection,” from Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection
  2. Julia Kristeva
  3. pp. 67-74
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  1. “Parasites and Perverts: An Introduction to Gothic Monstrosity,” from Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters
  2. J. Halberstam
  3. pp. 75-88
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  1. “From Wonder to Error: A Genealogy of Freak Discourse in Modernity,”
  2. Rosemarie Garland Thomson
  3. pp. 89-98
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 99-102
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781942401209
Related ISBN
9781942401193
MARC Record
OCLC
1078773374
Pages
118
Launched on MUSE
2018-12-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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