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What defines a monster? Evaluate central concepts around this theme through readings from classic poets, contemporary fiction writers, pop culture critics, philosophers, psychologists, occultists, veterinarians, ethicists, historians, and others in Monsters. This text helps you make sustained inquiries from multiple perspectives around this topic, allowing you to focus the subject matter of your writing.
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Table of Contents
Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies
Mary Shelley, from Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus
Susan Tyler Hitchcock, Conception
Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, Why Vampires Never Die
Chuck Klosterman, My Zombie, Myself: Why Modern Life Feels Rather Undead
Mike Davis, Monsters and Messiahs
Peter H. Brothers, Japan’s Nuclear Nightmare: How the Bomb Became a Beast Called Godzilla
Stephen T. Asma, Monsters and the Moral ImaginationCh. 2 Is the Monster Animal or Human?
Jorge Luis Borges, The Origins of Half-Human, Half-Animal Creatures
Apollodorus, The Birth of the Minotaur
Ovid, The Battle of the Lapiths and Centaurs
Kenneth H. Simonsen, The Monstrous and the Bestial: Animals in Greek Myths
Bruce F. Kawin, Composite Monsters: Island of Lost Souls and The Fly
Elizabeth A. Lawrence, Werewolves in Psyche and Cinema: Man-Beast Transformation and ParadoxCh. 3 How Do Monsters Reflect Their Times?
Ted Genoways, Here Be Monsters
Daniel Cohen, The Birth of Monsters
David D. Gilmore, An Ancient Crypto-Bestiary
Anonymous, from Beowulf
Stephen T. Asma, Alexander Fights Monsters in India
Matt Kaplan, Cursed by a Bite
W. Scott Poole, Monstrous BeginningsCh. 4 What is the Attraction of Monsters?
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Fear of the Monster Is Really a Kind of Desire
Bram Stoker, from Dracula
J. Gordon Melton, Sexuality and the Vampire
Karen Backstein, (Un)safe Sex: Romancing the Vampire
Declan McGrath, Life Among the Undead: An Interview with Neil Jordan
Skye Alexander, Mermaids’ Attributes, Behaviors, and Environs
Homer, from The Odyssey
Karen Hollinger, The Monster as Woman: Two Generations of Cat PeopleCh. 5 Is the Monster within Us?
Adolf Hitler, Nature and Race
Patrick McCormick, Why Modern Monsters Have Become Alien to Us
James Huddleston, Unmasking the Monster: Hiding and Revealing Male Sexuality in John Carpenter’s Halloween
Anne E. Schwartz, Inside a Murdering Mind
Richard Tithecott, The Horror in the Mirror: Average Joe and the Mechanical Monster
William Andrew Myers, Ethical Aliens: The Challenge of Extreme Perpetrators to Humanism