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Monsters of film, fiction, and fable : the cultural links between the human and inhuman

Author: Lisa Wenger Bro; Mary Ann Gareis; Crystal O'Leary-Davidson
Publisher: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
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"Monsters are a part of every society, and ours is no exception. They are deeply embedded in our history, our mythos, and our culture. However, treating them as simply a facet of children's stories or escapist entertainment belittles their importance. When examined closely, we see that monsters have always represented the things we fear: that which is different, which we can't understand, which is dangerous, which  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Wenger Bro; Mary Ann Gareis; Crystal O'Leary-Davidson
ISBN: 9781527510890 1527510891
OCLC Number: 1134637771
Description: vii, 404 pages : ill. ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Cultural Links between the Human and Inhuman / Lisa Wenger Bro --
chapter 1. Running to a Still: Narratives of Energy and Care in Oz / Amanda Martin Sandino --
chapter 2. The Dragon Fights Back: Dracula's 21st Century Enlightened, Bloody, and Unapologetic Response / Eugenia Bryan --
chapter 3. Killing Tinker Bell: Re-Mythologizing the Fey in a Technocentric Age / Lisa Wenger Bro --
chapter 4. Embracing Collapse: Our Uneasy Love Affair with "The Walking Dead" / Mary Ann Gareis --
chapter 5. Robot Rot: Mechanical Monsters in the Reagan Era / Craig Ian Mann --
chapter 6. From Whore to Madonna: The Evolution of the Female "Vampire" / Tracie Provost --
chapter 7. Faery Re-Evolution / Kelly Saderholm --
chapter 8. That Time of the Month: The Female Werewolf in Cinema / Crystal O'Leary-Davidson --
chapter 9. Nuclear Giants: Human Rights at Extreme Heights / Kristine Larsen --
chapter 10. You Are What You Eat: Smart Zombies in Literature and Film / Shane Trayers --
chapter 11. The Transforming Lycanthrope: The Rhetoric of Werewolf Disability and Identity in Modern Cinema / Ian Golding --
chapter 12. "Espantapájaros" by Gabriel Trujillo Muñoz: A Tale of Genetic Mutations, Vampires, and Revenge along the U.S.- Mexico Border / José María Mantero --
chapter 13. Edward Scissorhands as Gothic Fable: A 25-Year Retrospective / Dennis Yeo --
chapter 14. "Beowulf": The Monsters and the Heroes from Grendel to Shrek / Kris Swank --
chapter 15. Artificial Monsters: From Cyborg to Artificial Intelligence / Riccardo Gramantieri --
chapter 16. What Happens When the Body's Gone? The Trans/Posthuman in Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy / Lisa Wenger Bro --
chapter 17. The De-Evolution of Humanity in "The Walking Dead" / Rhonda Crombie --
chapter 18. A Terrifyingly Fragile Border: Jewish Assimilation in "An American Werewolf in London" / Daniel Anderson --
chapter 19. Other Dragons or Dragon Others? A Cultural View of the Loch Ness Monster / Christopher Cairney
Responsibility: edited by Lisa Wenger Bro, Crystal O'Leary-Davidson and Mary Ann Gareis.

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"Monsters are a part of every society, and ours is no exception. They are deeply embedded in our history, our mythos, and our culture. However, treating them as simply a facet of children's stories or escapist entertainment belittles their importance. When examined closely, we see that monsters have always represented the things we fear: that which is different, which we can't understand, which is dangerous, which is Other. But in many ways, monsters also represent our growing awareness of ourselves and our changing place in a continually shrinking world. Contemporary portrayals of the monstrous often have less to do with what we fear in others than with what we fear about ourselves, what we fear we might be capable of. The nineteen essays in this volume explore the place and function of the monstrous in a variety of media - stories and novels like Baum's Oz books or Gibson's Neuromancer ; television series and feature films like The Walking Dead or Edward Scissorhands ; and myths and legends like Beowulf and The Loch Ness Monster - in order to provide a closer understanding of not just who we are and who we have been, but also who we believe we can be - for better or worse." -- Page 4 of cover.

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