The Monster Imagined

9781848880337The Monster Imagined

Humanity’s Re-Creation of Monsters and Monstrosity


edited by
Laura K. Davis & Cristina Santos.

ISBN: 978-1-84888-033-7

224 pages


Is the monster apart from, or a part of the Self? If the monster is the Other, not the Self, then is that Other intimately intertwined with the Self? Is the monster that which the Self denies, represses, or sheds in order to be? The monster has been with us in art and literature for centuries and we cannot seem to erase it from our thinking. More than ever, in fact, we are bombarded with images of monsters, with humanity s constant re-creation of the monster. One can also ask: Is it the monster masking as humanity or humanity masking as the monster? Is the monster intrinsically inhuman or is it depicted as such because humanity seeks to censor ignore/dismiss that which is different? The chapters in this collection examine the imagined monster as humanity s (re)-creations of monsters and the monstrous beyond the traditional physical representations in the attempt to scrutinize if the true monster is actually within us all and not limited to any outward physical monstrous representation.


Laura K. Davis & Cristina Santos

PART 1   Legacies of the Fragile and the Condemned

Condemned Murderous Monsters: Forgotten Pasts Better Futures? 
Shilinka Smith and Shona Hill

Monstrous Newspapers: The Actual German Struggle with the Printed Heritage of the Third Reich
Peter Mario Kreuter

Monster or Messiah? Tortured Werewolf and Forgiving Flock
Michelle Aslett

PART 2   Bombs, Bodies and Machines: American Monsters From Spectacle to Selfhood

Atomic Age Monsters: Radioactivity and Horror during the Early Cold War
John Donovan

Death is Only the Beginning: George A. Romero’s Model of the Zombie and Its Threat to Identity
Kevan A. Feshami

Living Appendages of the Machine: Reproducing  Sex and Gender in Cyborg and Zombie Narratives, from Battlestar Galatica to the Walking Dead
Jillian Burcar

PART 3  Monstrous Desires / Clean Canvases: Pure and Impure

Would You Please Stop Trying to Take Your  Clothes Off’: Abstinence and Impotence of Male Vampires in Contemporary Fiction and Television 
Carys Crossen

Fragmented Fetishes: Monstrosity and Desire in Women’s Contemporary Time-Based Art
Jenny Keane

Beautiful Monsters: Cosmeticised Women in the Late-Victorian Period
Ji Won Chung

PART 4 Adapting Monsters in a Globalised World

Freddy’s Glove: Symbolising the Monster in the  Nightmare on Elm Street Series
Liz Dixon

The Monstrous Madness of Koert Spies in Eben Venter’s Horrelpoot
Ilse Carla Groenewald

‘Coffee, Tea, Monster?’ The Monster in Classic  and Contemporary Warner Bros. Animation
Tiffany L. Knoell

Notes on Contributors   

About the Editors

Laura K. Davis holds a full time faculty position in English at Red Deer College, Canada. She has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Alberta, Canada (2006). She teaches and researches in the areas of Canadian Literature, ContemporaryWomen s Literature, and Writing Studies. Cristina Santos teaches in Iberian and Latin American studies and Studies in Comparative Literatures and the Arts at Brock University in Canada. Her current research and scholarship reflects an interest in investigating the monstrous depictions of women from an inter-disciplinary and hermeneutical approach.