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A collection of scholarship on monsters and their meaning—across genres, disciplines, methodologies, and time—from foundational texts to the most recent contributions


Zombies and vampires, banshees and basilisks, demons and wendigos, goblins, gorgons, golems, and ghosts. From the mythical monstrous races of the ancient world to the murderous cyborgs of our day, monsters have haunted the human imagination, giving shape to the fears and desires of their time. And as long as there have been monsters, there have been attempts to make sense of them, to explain where they come from and what they mean. This book collects the best of what contemporary scholars have to say on the subject, in the process creating a map of the monstrous across the vast and complex terrain of the human psyche.

Editor Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock prepares the way with a genealogy of monster theory, traveling from the earliest explanations of monsters through psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, and cultural studies, to the development of monster theory per se—and including Jeffrey Jerome Cohen’s foundational essay “Monster Theory (Seven Theses),” reproduced here in its entirety. There follow sections devoted to the terminology and concepts used in talking about monstrosity; the relevance of race, religion, gender, class, sexuality, and physical appearance; the application of monster theory to contemporary cultural concerns such as ecology, religion, and terrorism; and finally the possibilities monsters present for envisioning a different future. 

Including the most interesting and important proponents of monster theory and its progenitors, from Sigmund Freud to Julia Kristeva to J. Halberstam, Donna Haraway, Barbara Creed, and Stephen T. Asma—as well as harder-to-find contributions such as Robin Wood’s and Masahiro Mori’s—this is the most extensive and comprehensive collection of scholarship on monsters and monstrosity across disciplines and methods ever to be assembled and will serve as an invaluable resource for students of the uncanny in all its guises.

Contributors: Stephen T. Asma, Columbia College Chicago; Timothy K. Beal, Case Western Reserve U; Harry Benshoff, U of North Texas; Bettina Bildhauer, U of St. Andrews; Noel Carroll, The Graduate Center, CUNY; Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Arizona State U; Barbara Creed, U of Melbourne; Michael Dylan Foster, UC Davis; Sigmund Freud; Elizabeth Grosz, Duke U; J. Halberstam, Columbia U; Donna Haraway, UC Santa Cruz; Julia Kristeva, Paris Diderot U; Anthony Lioi, The Julliard School; Patricia MacCormack, Anglia Ruskin U; Masahiro Mori; Annalee Newitz; Jasbir K. Puar, Rutgers U; Amit A. Rai, Queen Mary U of London; Margrit Shildrick, Stockholm U; Jon Stratton, U of South Australia; Erin Suzuki, UC San Diego; Robin Wood, York U; Alexa Wright, U of Westminster.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: A Genealogy of Monster Theory
  2. Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  3. pp. 1-36
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  1. 1. Monster Culture (Seven Theses)
  2. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
  3. pp. 37-56
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  1. Part I. The Monster Theory Toolbox
  1. 2. The Uncanny
  2. Sigmund Freud
  3. pp. 59-88
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  1. 3. The Uncanny Valley
  2. Masahiro Mori
  3. pp. 89-94
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  1. 4. Approaching Abjection
  2. Julia Kristeva
  3. pp. 95-107
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  1. 5. An Introduction to the American Horror Film
  2. Robin Wood
  3. pp. 108-135
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  1. 6. Fantastic Biologies and the Structures of Horrific Imagery
  2. Noël Carroll
  3. pp. 136-147
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  1. 7. Parasites and Perverts: An Introduction to Gothic Monstrosity
  2. Jack Halberstam
  3. pp. 148-170
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  1. Part II. Monsterizing Difference
  1. 8. Monstrous Strangers at the Edge of the World: The Monstrous Races
  2. Alexa Wright
  3. pp. 173-191
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  1. 9. Blood, Jews, and Monsters in Medieval Culture
  2. Bettina Bildhauer
  3. pp. 192-210
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  1. 10. Horror and the Monstrous- Feminine: An Imaginary Abjection
  2. Barbara Creed
  3. pp. 211-225
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  1. 11. The Monster and the Homosexual
  2. Harry Benshoff
  3. pp. 226-240
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  1. 12. The Undead: A Haunted Whiteness
  2. Annalee Newitz
  3. pp. 241-271
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  1. 13. Intolerable Ambiguity: Freaks as/at the Limit
  2. Elizabeth Grosz
  3. pp. 272-286
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  1. Part III. Monsters and Culture
  1. 14. Monsters and the Moral Imagination
  2. Stephen T. Asma
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  1. 15. Introduction to Religion and Its Monsters
  2. Timothy Beal
  3. pp. 295-302
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  1. 16. The Self’s Clean and Proper Body
  2. Margrit Shildrick
  3. pp. 303-329
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  1. 17. Haunting Modernity: Tanuki, Trains, and Transformation in Japan
  2. Michael Dylan Foster
  3. pp. 330-357
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  1. 18. Invisible Monsters: Vision, Horror, and Contemporary Culture
  2. Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  3. pp. 358-373
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  1. 19. Monster, Terrorist, Fag: The War on Terrorism and the Production of Docile Patriots
  2. Jasbir K. Puar and Amit S. Rai
  3. pp. 374-402
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  1. 20. Zombie Trouble: Zombie Texts, Bare Life, and Displaced People
  2. Jon Stratton
  3. pp. 403-420
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  1. Part IV. The Promises of Monsters
  1. 21. Beasts from the Deep
  2. Erin Suzuki
  3. pp. 423-438
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  1. 22. Of Swamp Dragons: Mud, Megalopolis, and a Future for Ecocriticism
  2. Anthony Lioi
  3. pp. 439-458
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  1. 23. The Promises of Monsters: A Regenerative Politics for Inappropriate/d Others
  2. Donna Haraway
  3. pp. 459-521
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  1. 24. Posthuman Teratology
  2. Patricia MacCormack
  3. pp. 522-540
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  1. Previous Publications
  2. pp. 541-544
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  1. Contributors
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781452960395
Related ISBN
9781517905255
MARC Record
OCLC
1111639288
Pages
600
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-13
Language
English
Open Access
No
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