Monsters in Society: An Interdisciplinary Perspective


Monsters in Society: An Interdisciplinary Perspective


Edited by Andrea S. Dauber

Year: 2014

Format: eBook


This interdisciplinary volume delves into the relationship between monsters or the monstrous and humans across time and space. It examines monsters on different dimensions, including gender, identity, visual appearance and life stage.

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Are monsters and the monstrous phenomena that transition time and space? If monsters were a part of our past and are a part of our present, will they be a part of our future? This volume demonstrates the universality of monsters and the ubiquitous nature of monsterisation from different perspectives and shows that the creation of monsters and our ongoing confrontation with them is bound by human sociality; so much so that the monsters we have been surrounded by and will encounter in the future bear characteristics that mirror inherently human modes of identity construction, for example via age, gender and visual appearance. This process can differ across life stages, such as childhood versus adulthood. Monsters, or what a society identifies as monstrous, are not simply cultural artefacts communicated via literature, historical accounts or modern media productions such as films or series. They are integral components of the human psyche. Therefore, they have existed in symbiosis with the homo socius, and will probably continue to do so in his future.


From the Past into the Future: Understanding Monstersin the 21st Century
Andrea S. Dauber

Part 1 Monsters and Man(kind)

Clones as Human Monsters: Looking for Normality in the Age of Cloning
Stefan Halft

Grimm Visions: The Humanised Monster in Contemporary Fairy Tale Adaptations
Shawn Edrei and Meyrav Koren-Kuik

The Curious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Changing Face of the Monster
Simon Bacon

The Devil Whisperer: Animality as a Path to Taming the Monster in The Exorcist
Marcia Heloisa Amarante Gonçalves

Part 2 Gendered Monsters

It’s Not All about Snow White: The Evil Queen Isn’t That Monstrous After All
Cristina Santos

True Blood: Monsters and Sexuality: Too Much of the Same Thing
Veronica Popp

Parents Who Kill: How Gender Turns Some into Monsters and Others into Victims in Print Media
Andrea S. Dauber

Reality Hidden Within: An Analysis of Kerime Nadir’s Dehşet Gecesi
Sima Imsir Parker

Part 3 Monstrous Diversity

Ghost, Spirits and Christian Denominational Politics: A Case from Fiji
Geir Henning Presterudstuen

All in the Mind: Fin de Siècle Psychological Vampire Fiction, Powers of Mind Control and Mesmerism
Beverley Dear

The Other(s) Uncontemplated: Monsters of the Other Side
Peyo Karpuzov

Godzilla: Mythical Roots and Echoes of the Monster within the Japanese Imaginary World
Julien Bernardi-Morel

Part 4 Childish Monsters and Monster Children

Blurred Boundaries and Monstrous Inscriptions in Children’s Imaginative Play
Rachel Rosen

Developing Co-Dependence between Monsters and Children in Animated Feature Films
Mark Chekares

Part 5 Visual Representation of Monsters and the Monstrous

Monster Got Your Tongue? Language and Visual Monstrosity in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
Lauren Albright

American Horror Story: Asylum and the Power of the Mad Monster
Jessica Rosenberg, Samuel Rosenberg and Adrienne Rosenberg

Marginal Profits through Monstrosity: Video Representations of Caliban and Nicki Minaj
Sarah Jensen

Andrea S. Dauber lectures at UC San Diego and University of San Diego as an independent researcher and is Managing Editor at De Gruyter Open. As a sociologist she is particularly interested in gender and crime, the criminal justice system and the media. She holds a Dr. Phil. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.