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Title Speaking of monsters : a teratological anthology / edited by Caroline Joan S. Picart and John Edgar Browning
Edition 1st ed
Published New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2012


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 326 pages) : illustrations
Contents General Theories of Monstrosity -- Gender and Monstrosity -- Teratologies of Nationality and Race -- Queer Theory and Boundary Crossings -- Criminology, Law and Teratologies: Between the Real and the Reel -- Science, Nature and the Mechanical: The Human-Animal-Machine Divides -- In Between Fear and Desire -- Teratologies and Ethics
Introduction: on monstrosity and multiculturalism / Caroline Joan S. Picart and John Edgar Browning -- GENERAL THEORIES OF MONSTROSITY. Monster Culture / 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 / Noel Carroll -- Our Vampires, Our Neighbors / Ken Gelder -- "Psychological Thriller": Dead of Night (1945), British Film Culture, and the 1940s Horror Cycle / Mark Jancovich -- 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 -- IN BETWEEN FEAR AND DESIRE. Apt Pupil (1998): The Hollywood Nazi-As-Monster Flick / Caroline Joan 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 -- 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 Halberstam -- Man as Menstrual Monster: Dracula and his Uncanny Brides / Barbara Creed -- 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 S. Picart and Cecil E. Greek -- What Makes Stalking Monsters So Monstrous, and How to Survive Them /?r?t K?m?r -- Race and Serial Killing in the Media: The Case of Wayne Williams / Caroline Joan S. Picart -- 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 Ognjanovi -- Blood and Bitches: Sexual Politics and the Female Lycanthrope in Young Adult Fiction / June Pulliam -- 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 S. Picart, John Edgar Browning, and Carla Maria Thomas
Summary Despite its apparently monolithic definition, 'teratology' (from the Greek word teras, meaning 'monster, ' and the Latin logy, which is derived from the Greek logia, meaning 'a speaking, discourse, treatise, doctrine, theory, science') seems infinitely malleable, flourishing in various rhetorical environments. Teratologies are more than a bestiary: a catalogue of 'freaks' designed to celebrate the 'normal.' Rather, teratologies illustrate how humor, horror, fantasy and the 'real' cross-fertilize each other, resulting in the possibility of new worlds, ethics, and narratives, emerging. As a general anthology of teratologies, this book simply maps what, in many ways, has already been occurring across several fields, as it tracks the expansion of this term, creating lacunae that form connections across multiple interpretive communities. It is a cross section of how "monster narratives" intersect with "outsider" positions, from different perspectives - such as those of literary critics, film critics, criminologists, law professors, historians, philosophers - and looks into various strategies of destabilizing normative binaries
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Subject Monsters in motion pictures.
Horror films -- History and criticism
Film theory & criticism.
Film: styles & genres.
Popular culture.
ART -- Film & Video.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Film & Video -- Reference.
Performing Arts.
Horror films
Monsters in motion pictures
Monster i filmen.
Monsterfilm -- historia.
Skräckfilm -- historia.
Film history, theory & criticism.
Film: styles & genres.
Popular culture.
Performing Arts.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Academic theses.
Thèses et écrits académiques.
Form Electronic book
Author Picart, Caroline Joan, 1966-
Browning, John Edgar
ISBN 9781137101495