The Monstrous Identity of Humanity

The Monstrous Identity of Humanity
edited by Marlin C. Bates, IV

ISBN: 978-1-904710-53-0

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Contents

Introduction
Marlin C. Bates, IV

PART 1 Written Monsters
Predators and Prey: Newspaper Editors, Readers and the Monstrous
Andrew O’Day

Transforming Monsters Into Humans: The Island of Dr. Moreau
Antonio Sanna

Richard Wright’s Bigger Thomas: Black Man as Racial/Sexual Monster
Saundra Liggins

Writing and Re-Writing the Story: Self-Preservation and Monstrosity in The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
Anne-Lise Perotto

The Witch and the Werewolf: Rebirth and Subjectivity in Medieval Verse
Hannah Priest

The Monstrous and Maternal in Toni Morrison’s Beloved
Inderjit Grewal

The Voracious Monster: Consumption, Jouissance & Reading the Textual Body
Thomas Michael Murphy

“a white illusion of a man”: Snowman, Survival, and Speculation in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake
Roger Davis

Literary Monsters: Genius, Disfigurement, and Writing in Diderot’s On Women and Shelley’s Frankenstein
Cecilia Feilla

PART 2 Monstrous Performances
Jumping, Yelling, Screaming: The Spooky Art of John Carpenter
Jose Gabriel Ferreras Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Martínez Rodríguez

Divas Undone: The Transgressive Heroine as Operatic Monster
Holly Baumgartner

“What claimed our love and compassion was misshapen humanity in all its forms’: Sick Caliban’s Story
Anna Kowalcze

Myths of Monstrous Maternity in Japanese Horror Film: Kurosawa’s Sweet Home (Suito Homu, Japan: 1989)
Colette Balmain

Human Monstrosity: Rape, Ambiguity, and Performance in Rosemary’s Baby
Lucy Fife

“I live in the weak and the wounded”: The Monster of Brad Anderson’s Session 9
Duane W. Kight

From the Enchanted Forest to the Desert: Reading The Brothers Grimm as Anti-War Critique
Ann-Marie Cook

Monster as a Victim of War. The Case of Homer in The Best Years of Our Lives
Amaya Muruzábal

Sweet, Bloody Vengeance: Class, Social Stigma and Servitude in the Slasher Genre
Sorcha Ní Fhlainn

Masks and Machine Ethos: Traces of Techno-Horror in the Slasher Film
Kristen Miller

Monstrosity of the Beautiful and the Dark Side of Consumption and Consumerism in the Melodrama/Horror Film Dumplings
Sarah Arnold

Sunlight and Shadow: F.W. Murnau’s Appropriation of the Vampiric Figure in Nosferatu and Expressionist Cinema in the Weimar Republic
Deborah G. Christie

The Monsters That Didn’t Scare: The Atypical Reception of the 1930s Horror Films in Belgium
Liesbet Depauw

PART 3 Legal, Historio-Cultural, and Medical Monsters
Negligent Monsters: American School Shootings and the Displacement of Monstrosity
Kristen Davis

Killing “Just For Fun”: Amoral Monsters
Belinda Morrissey

Herculine Barbin: Human Error, Criminality, and the Case of the Monstrous Hermaphrodite
Jessica Kate Webb

J. Merrick (The Elephant Man) and the Concept of Monstrosity in 19th Century Medical Thought
Katherine Angell

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What’s the Most Uncanny of Them All: The Elements of the Uncanny in the Art of Norval Morrisseau
Natalya Androsova

The Human in the Monster: Images of Divs (Demons) in 14th to 16th Century Shahnamas
Francesca Leoni

It’s Alive! (Again): The Rise of Reanimation in Science and Modern Medicine
Amy M. Dudley

PART 4 Monstrous Diversions
Shadow of the Colossus: The Monster in the Landscape
Ewan Kirkland

It Came From Four-Colour Fiction: The Effect of Cold War Comic Books on the Fiction of Stephen King
David Kingsley

Monstrosities Made Real: The Use of the Real to Support the ur-Real in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games
Marlin C. Bates, IV

Index