Monsters on the Margin - The Abject in Literature Susanne Zhanial

ISBN: 9783639147988

Published: April 1st 2009

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188 pages


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Monsters on the Margin - The Abject in Literature  by  Susanne Zhanial

Monsters on the Margin - The Abject in Literature by Susanne Zhanial
April 1st 2009 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 188 pages | ISBN: 9783639147988 | 5.70 Mb

Monsters are horrifying creatures, yet they also fascinate and attract heroes and readers. How can these contradictory emotions and responses be explained and why do we like monsters although they scare us? In this book, the author Susanne ZhanialMoreMonsters are horrifying creatures, yet they also fascinate and attract heroes and readers.

How can these contradictory emotions and responses be explained and why do we like monsters although they scare us? In this book, the author Susanne Zhanial uses Julia Kristevas theory of the abject to answer these questions. The first part of the book introduces the reader to Kristevas theory of the abject. After defining the terms abject and monster, it will be shown that these two concepts can be successfully linked.

In the second part of the book, the theoretical insights will be used for the analysis of three monster stories from the late 19th and early 20th century, namely Henry Rider Haggards She, Bram Stokers Dracula and Gaston Lerouxs The Phantom of the Opera. By concentrating on a period of approximately 30 years it will be shown that the problems, anxieties and scientific developments of the late Victorian era influenced and determined the character of the monsters. This study is aimed at students and scholars of English literature and Gender Studies.



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