Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil

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BRILL, Jan 1, 2007 - History - 236 pages
Emerging from depths comes a series of papers dealing with one of the most significant creations that reflects on and critiques human existence. Both a warning and a demonstration, the monster as myth and metaphor provides an articulation of human imagination that toys with the permissible and impermissible. Monsters from zombies to cuddly cartoon characters, emerging from sewers, from pages of literature, propaganda posters, movies and heavy metal, all are covered in this challenging, scholarly collection.
This volume the third in the series presents a marvellous collection of studies on the metaphor of the monster in literature, cinema, music, culture, philosophy, history and politics. Both historical reflection and concerns of our time are addressed with clarity and written in an accessible manner providing appeal for the scholar and lay reader alike. This eclectic collection will be of interest to academics and students working in a range of disciplines, such as cultural studies, film studies, political theory, philosophy and literature studies.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Histories from the Deep and Transformed Humans Where ever they come from they keep coming
7
Section Two The Monster and the Political Once they get into politics you cant get rid of them
59
Section Three Familial Monsters Maybe some of them are regular folk like you and me
121
Section Four Miscellaneous Monsters They can be evil male female but most importantly beware they can be cute
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