Monsters in the Italian Literary Imagination

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Keala Jane Jewell
Wayne State University Press, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 325 pages
A culture defines monsters against what is essentially thought of as human. Creatures such as the harpy, the siren, the witch, and the half-human all threaten to destroy our sense of power and intelligence and usurp our human consciousness. In this way, monster myths actually work to define a culture's definition of what is human. In Monsters in the Italian Literary Imagination, a broad range of scholars examine the monster in Italian culture and its evolution from the medieval period to the twentieth century.

Editor Keala Jewell explores how Italian culture juxtaposes the powers of the monster against the human. The essays in this volume engage a wide variety of philological, feminist, and psychoanalytical approaches and examine monstrous figures from the medieval to postmodern periods. They each share a critical interest in how monsters reflect a culture's dominant ideologies.

Monsters in the Italian Literary Imagination will interest scholars and students of literary theory and criticism, gender studies, cultural studies, art, and Italian studies.


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Keala Jewell is the Paul D. Paganucci Professor of Italian Studies at Dartmouth College.

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