Monster theory [electronic resource]: reading culture (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen
U of Minnesota Press, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 315 pages
2 Reviews
The contributors to Monster Theory consider beasts, demons, freaks and fiends as symbolic expressions of cultural unease that pervade a society and shape its collective behavior. Through a historical sampling of monsters, these essays argue that our fascination for the monstrous testifies to our continued desire to explore difference and prohibition.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

Review: Monster Theory: Reading Culture

User Review  - Aneta Cruz - Goodreads

Very insightful collection of essays that examine monstrosity and the cultures in which these monsters were born. Read full review

Contents

II Monstrous Identity
73
III Monstrous Inquiry
141
IV Monstrous History
223
Contributors
309
Index
313
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1996)

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen is Professor of English and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute (MEMSI) at the George Washington University. His research explores what monsters promise; how postcolonial studies, queer theory, postmodernism and posthumanism might help us to better understand the literatures and cultures of the Middle Ages (and might be transformed by that encounter); the limits and the creativity of our taxonomic impulses; the complexities of time when thought outside of progress narratives; and ecotheory. He is the author of three books: "Of Giants: Sex, Monsters and the Middle Ages"; "Medieval Identity Machines"; and "Hybridity, Identity and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: On Difficult Middles," and is the editor of four more books, including "The Postcolonial Middle Ages.

Bibliographic information