Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil


Monsters and the Monstrous: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil


Edited by Paul L. Yoder and Peter Mario Kreuter

Year: 2004

Format: eBook


While monsters come in all shapes and sizes, to serve purposes both gratifying and disturbing, to be loved or hated (often both at the same time), the one common denominator that unites them all is their function as an Other. Within the pages of this volume, monsters and monstrous beings await you, the reader.

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We are defined by what we are not, both for the good and for the bad, and it is the monster that most clearly forms this identity. Whether it is an image that repulses us, frightens us, or ultimately we turn to embrace, the monster and the monstrous define the very emotional drives that make us human. Without them there are no heroes. But more important, without them we are left unable to express those emotions that lurk at the very heart of our psyche and find release only in the darkest shadows of our own creations. Whether the monsters are real or imaginary, fierce or friendly, they exist so that we can escape. What this conference hopes to provide is the closet door, closed to the demons of the night. Step up, turn the knob, and let’s see what waits on the other side.


Opening Remarks at the Conference on “Monsters and Monstrosity: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil”
Stephen Morris

Session 1 Monsters Communist and Nazi
Monstrification of the Monster: How Ceaucescu Became the ‘Red Vampire’
Peter Mario Kreuter

Nazi Demons and Sicilian Monsters
Eleanor Chiari

Session 2 Monsters Down South and in the Big City
From Aliens to African American Creatures Two Examples of Monsters in Ecuadorian Short Stories
Wladimir Chavez V.

Monstrous Metropolis
Inga Bryden

Session 3 Monsters Hopeful and Friendly
New Territories: Biology, Architecture, and the Hopeful Monster
Chris Smith

We Scare Because We Care: How Monsters Make Friends in Animated Feature Films
Richard Stamp

Session 4 Frankenstein and Friends
Frankenstein to Frankenberry: Morphing of the Monster Myth in Pop Culture
Paul L. Yoder

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s Horror of Split Consciousness
Kamila Vrankova

Session 5 Monster Medicinal
Invading Boundaries: Hybrids, Disease, and Empire
Kate Hebblethwaite

Session 6 Monsters Miscellaneous
Vengeful Virgins in White: Female Monstosity in Asian Cinema
Colette Balmain

Little Mermaids Swimming in the Patriarchal Sea
Nur Ozgenalp

Monsters in the Roman Sky: Heaven and Earth in Manilius’ Astronomica
Dunstan Lowe

Session 7 Monsters Attack
From Bluebeard and The Robber Bridegroom to “ Buffalo Bill” and “Hannibal the Cannibal”: A Look at Two Recurring Characters in Art
Verana-Susanna Nungesser

Creature Conflict: Man, Monster and the Metaphor of Intractable Social Conflict
Cary Morrison

Session 8 Monsters Medieval Revisited
There Is No Hero Without a Dragon: A Revisionist Interpretation of the Myth of St. George and the Dragon
Estelle Maré

Session 9 Monsters Undead and Giant
Vamp-irony: The Bestiality of the Socratic Irony
Eva Antal

Tracking the Zombie Diaspora: From Subhuman Haiti to Posthuman Tuscon
John Cussans

The Ethical Ambiguity of the Monster: Good and Evil as Human Possibilities in Michel Tournier’s Le Roi des Aulnes
Hanna Meretoja

Session 10 Monsters Psychological
The Sick and the Dead: Some Vampires, Soren Kierkegaard, and the American Psychiatric Association
Peter Remington

Monsters in Isolation and Monsters-at-Large: The American Psychodrama and its Practical Application
Emily McMehen

Session 11 Monsters of Childhood
Where the Wild Things Are: Sendak’s Picture Book and the Monsters Personified, Sanctified, and Glorified
Phil Fitzsimmons

Dysmorphic Bodies of Alice in Wonderland
Lois Drawmer

Depraved Paedos and Other Beasts: The Media Portrayal of CHild Sexual Abusers in Ireland and the U.K.
Michael Breen

Notes on Contributors

Peter Mario Kreuter University of Bonn, Germany.

Paul L. Yoder, Saint Louis University, United States.