Dark Reflections, Monstrous Reflections

Dark Reflections, Monstrous Reflections: Essays on the Monster in Culture
edited by Sorcha Ni Fhlainn

ISBN: 978-1-904710-42-4

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Contents

Introduction
Sorcha Ni Fhlainn

Section 1. (In)Human Monsters
Loving the Alien: A Moral Re-Evaluation of Paedophiles
David White

From Victims to Victimizers: Child Abuse and the Perpetuation of Evil
Christina Rawls

Monstrous Makeovers: Transforming ‘Monsters’ into Beauty Queens
Peri Bradley

To be or not to be a Monster
Claudia Lindner Leporda

Moral pluralism in David Milch’s Deadwood
Diane Cook

Un/Monstrous Criminals – the ‘gay gang murders’: ‘not like us’ and ‘just like us’
Kristen Davis

Section 2. Visual Monstrosities
Alessa Unbound: The Monstrous Daughter of Silent Hill
Ewan Kirkland

They’re not even sure it’s a baby yet… Body Horror in Eraserhead
Ils Huygens

Ur-Real Monsters: The Rhetorical Creation of Monsters in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs)
Marlin Bates

‘Gorgeously repulsive, exquisitely fun, dangerously beautiful’: Dog Women, Monstrous Births and Contemporary Women’s Art
Maria Luísa Coelho

Torn Posters and Monstrous Images: Damage and Spectacle
Jim Cross

Section 3. Fearing the ‘Other’
The Nymph and the Witch: Female Magical Figures in the Works of Paracelsus
Peter Kreuter

Inconceivable Beasts: The ‘Wonders of the East’ In the Beowulf Manuscript
Susan Kim & Asa Simon Mittman

Monstrous Genealogies: Reconstru(ct)ing Teratical Females in A.S. Byatt’s Fiction
Carmen-Veronica Borbély

Monstrous Modernity: Frankenstein’s Creature, The Black, and Other Inassimilable Naturalistic Extremes
Jane Anna Gordon

Why do Japanese Ghosts have No Legs? Sexualized Female Ghosts and the Fear of Sexuality
Natsumi Ikoma

Section 4. Idols Revisited
Bill Condon’s Mutable Monsters
Duane Kight

Quatermass and the Canon: A Critical Re-appraisal of the 1950s Hammer Quatermass Films
Christopher Auld

The Marquis de Sade: Building Walls
Paul Yoder

The Monstrous Hero: Medicine and Monster-making in Late Victorian Literature
Sylvia Pamboukain

Frankenstein: Volume III, Chapter VIII
Hester Reeve

Section 5. National Monsters
Monstrous Nationalism: Wolf Creek and the UnAustralian
Anthony Gardner

American Monsters: Patricide in Shirley Jackson and Lionel Shriver
Bernice Murphy

Strange Hells: The British Soldier and ‘the Monster’ on the Western Front
Ross Wilson

Seven Legs My True Love Has” Fantasies of  Female Monstrosity in American Horror Fiction
Dara Downey

Monsters of Distorted Vision: The Poetics of Flannery O’Connor
Ilanna Shiloh

Section 6. Modernity and Modernism
The Sublime Monstrosity: C. Baudelaire on Modernity
Loretta Vandi

Knowledge and the Monster: An Unfair Epistemological Marginalization of the Creature?
Sonia Ouaras

Eschatology, Etymology and Estivation: The Last Will and Testament of the Last Monster
Phil Fitzsimmons

Questioning the Negative Value of Pain
Shona Hill

The Politics of Pornographic Pleasure in the Legend of the Overfiend Saga
Shelly Smarz

The Web Cam as the ‘Evil Eye’ in Child Internet Exploitation
Colette Kavanagh

Section 7. Religion, Gods and Theodicy
Mara: The Depisction of the Monstrous in Buddhist Literature
C. D. Sebastian

Our Gods are Monsters: Popular Cultural Representations of the Evolution of Religion
Charlene P. E. Burns

Monstrous Modernism, Monstrous Bodies: Christian Iconography and “Degenerate Art”
Jennifer McComas

Div(Demon), the Most Noxious Creature in Ancient Iranian Myths
Fariba Raeisi

A Mirror of Monsters: Escapes of Revenge Tragedy
Anna Kowalcze-Pawlik