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Monster Theory by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Book DescriptionMonsters provide a key to understanding the culture that spawned them. So argues the essays in this wide-ranging collection that asks the question, what happens when critical theorists take the study of monsters seriously as a means of examining our culture? In viewing the monstrous body as metaphor for the cultural body, the contributors consider beasts, demons, freaks, and fiends as symbolic expressions of very real fears and desires, signs of cultural unease that pervade society and shape its collective behaviour. Through a sampling of monsters as a conceptual category, these essays argue that our fascination for the monstrous testifies to our continued desire to explore the difference, prohibition and the everchanging "borders of possibility". Topics treated include: the connection between Beowulf, Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, and Dr Jekyll's Hyde; the fascination with Chang and Eng, the "Siamese twins" in 1830s America, and what it has to say about anxieties regarding the recently "united" states; the idea of monstrosity in Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles"; the use of monstrosity in medieval anti-muslim polemics; and an exploration of the creation myth embedded in "Jurassic Park".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780816628551
(234mm x 156mm x 18mm)
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
Cultural Diversity in the British Middle Ages, Hardback (September 2008)
Through close readings of both familiar and obscure medieval texts, contributors read England as a single and powerful entity within a vast geopolitical network.
Hybridity, Identity, and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain, Hardback (June 2007)
Examines the monsters that haunt twelfth-century British texts, arguing that in these strange bodies are expressed fears and fantasies about community, identity and race during the period. This study finds the origins of these monsters in a contemporary obsession with blood, both the literal and metaphorical kind.
Postcolonial Middle Ages, Paperback (August 2001)» View all books by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
These essays apply post-colonial theory to the Middle Ages, and examine the theory through the excavation of the past. They examine the establishment of colony, empire, and nationalism; and the mechanisms of oppression through which cultures are displaced, eradicated, or transformed.
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