Places and Spaces of Monstrosity


Places and Spaces of Monstrosity


Edited by Craig Douglas and Rosalea Monacello

Year: 2014

Format: eBook


The ‘monstrous’ acts as the enabling agent for the construction of specific frames of reference, in order to make apparent otherwise unknowable avenues of how we might enact place, self and otherness.

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At first glance the nature of the enquiry might simply suggest an exploration of the relationship between the monstrous and the geographic, however what emerged was a much deeper examination of the world through an interrogation of place, self and otherness. The notion of the ‘monstrous’ was revealed to be the agent that has the effect of abstracting the subject reflected in it from its surroundings, thereby removing unnecessary ties and worldly weight and allowing access to the realm of the combined, and yet often conflicted, consciousness of being. It is the being, or more precisely the continuous becoming of the world, interpreted through the complex and irrevocably changing relationships of the material and the imagined that is brought to bear. The ‘monstrous’ acts as the enabling agent for the construction of specific frames of reference, in order to make apparent otherwise unknowable avenues of how we might enact place, self and otherness. The fabrications of being materialised through this process describe a deeply layered and complex world open to continual redefinition. Of equal importance is the evident potential to not only re-present the world to ourselves, but shape the world before us.

Craig Douglas and Rosalea Monacella

Part 1 Mapping the Monstrous and Dark Tourism

Sleeping Soundly in the Haunted Hotel: The Transformation of St. Eugene
Erin Ashenhurst

Inns and Mills of Balkan: European Monstrous Spaces
Mirjana Stošić

Part 2 Haunted Houses

The Uncanny in Elizabeth Bowen’s Fiction: The Monstrous House or Housing a Monster?
Olena Lytovka

Monstrous Fabrics: A Case Study of Vathek and The Castle of Otranto
Hsin-Hsuan Lin

Part 3 Spatial Monstrosity

Monstrous Geometries in the Fictional Universe of H.P. Lovecraft
Moritz Ingwersen

The Remains of the Day: The Afterlife of the Ruins of the World Trade Center
László Munteán

Part 4 Urban Monstrosity in Japan

Recuperating the Monstrous: Matter and Entropy on Hashima Island
Deborah P. Dixon, Carl Lavery and Lee Hassall

Part 5 Terra Incognita

Horror in the Outback
Naja Later

Australia Incognita: The Law Declares ‘Here There Be Monsters’
Marianne Dickie

Fate Amenable to Change
Craig Douglas and Rosalea Monacella

Part 6 Aboriginal Lands and Monsters

Here be Kurdaitcha: Towards an Ethnography of the Monstrous on the Margins of a Central Australian Aboriginal Town
Yasmine Musharbash

Part 7 Monstrosity between Nature and Culture

Big Sister vs. Big Brother: Nature, Reason, Subversive Feminine Identity and Gendered Spaces of Monstrosity in George Orwell’s 1984 and Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We
Niculae Gheran

Part 8 Spaces of Exclusion

‘Respect the Authority of La Zona!’ Gated Communities, Heterotopia and Panopticism in Rodrigo Plá’s La Zona (2007)
Marc Ripley

Craig Douglas‘ research explores representation as a process of making through which ideas are challenged and transformed through their becoming that embraces the phenomena of change in the dynamic landscape and the urban environment.

Rosalea Monacella‘s research investigates the adaptation and transformation of the city at the nexus of the urban and natural environments that explores the infrastructural, economic, environmental and social complex systems that constitute the city.

Craig and Rose Co-Direct the research laboratory OUTR: Office of Urban Transformations in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia