Monstrous Reflections

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Monstrous Reflections


Edited by Petra Rehling and Elsa Bouet

Year: 2015

Format: eBook (PDF)

This volume engages ideas, explores cultural anxieties and discusses constructions of the monstrous in a number of disciplines and spaces.

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By engaging and questioning existing definitions and ideas, all of the essays in this volume represent the idea of a ‘monstrous reflection’ in one way or another. Monsters can serve as a means to explore the cultural anxieties they embody and the reasons for these anxieties. Thus monsters act as mirrors highlighting the causes for the creation of categories. A reflection can also be a comment or statement applicable in that the monstrous or the word ‘monster’ becomes a label of otherness and exclusion. This label is sometimes a construction, a discursive and rhetorical trope, which only serves to other those deemed different or undesirable, suggesting that the monster might not always be monstrous. This volume is about the ones gazing into the mirror and the ‘things’ staring back at humanity along with the uncomfortable truths that are revealed in the process.

Elsa Bouet and Petra Rehling

Part I Political Monstrosity

Monstrosity in Italian Politics
Paola Attolino

Fanatics and Absolutists: Communist Monsters in John le Carre’s Cold War Fiction
Toby Manning

Removing the Blindfold: Power, Truth and Testimony
Adriana Spahr

Monstrous Embodiments of Post-Modern Capitalism and Corporatism in the Cinema of the ‘New French Extremity’
Sophie Walon

Part II Creating the Monster

Beautiful Lepers, Monstrous Humans: The Impossibility of Utopia in the Strugatskys’ The Ugly Swans
Elsa Bouet

The Name of the Beast: Monstrosity and the Subhuman in Michael Gira and Nietzsche
Michael T. Miller

‘I Can’t even Hate Bates’: Sufferance, Guilt and Strategies of Victimization in Psycho
Marcia Heloisa

Language and Monstrosity in the Works of Tommaso Landolfi
Irene Bulla

Part III Locating the Monster

The Evil City: Geographical Space in George Orwell’s 1984 and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World
Niculae Gheran

The Human and the Inhuman in Shohei Imamura’s The Ballad of Narayama
Carlo Comanducci

Beyond the Crisis: Turn of the Tide for the Monstrous Duality of Hong Kong Cinema
Petra Rehling

Monster as a Figure of Memory
Mateusz Chaberski

Part IV Bodily Monstrosity

Jeepers Creepers: Queer Bogeyman
Sergio Fernando Juárez

Caliban and Aaron: Monstrous Bodies and Monstrous Language
Kristen Wright

Making Yellow Monstrous: Frankenstein to Fu Manchu
Viv Chadder

Inherent Monstrosity in Narrative: The Witchy Writer and Liquid Identity
Brooke Maggs

Part V Gender Monstrosities

Revenge as a Means to Preserve Individual Sovereignty: Monstrous Women in French Literature
Mateusz Orszulak

‘Ugly as a Foetus’: Female Bodies and Abject Sacredness in Patrick White’s Riders in the Chariot
Madeleine Bendixen

Racial and Sexual Fantasies in the Allegoric Orgies of Venus Noir and Black Swan
Fjoralba Miraka

‘She’s No Hag’: New Visions and Narratives of Grendel’s Mother in Zemeckis’ Beowulf
Almudena Nido

Petra Rehling is a scholar, sinologist, freelance journalist and artist. She has previously worked as Associate Professor at a Taiwanese University and is currently working at an Institute in Spain. Her publications include a book on Hong Kong cinema and articles on Wong Kar-wai, science fiction, wuxia, cyberculture and the Harry Potter phenomenon.

Elsa Bouet received her PhD from the University of Edinburgh in English Literature in 2013. Her thesis focused on depictions of ideological barriers in Cold war dystopian fiction. She is currently working on the representation of cityscapes in contemporary dystopian literature and science fiction and researching on monsters and the monstrous in relation to ideology and utopia.