"An outstanding resource for students, independent study, and for enthusiasts and aficionados of monsters and monster studies and (in the paperback format) reasonably priced for the student and general audience. Taken in whole or in part, separately or together, these books seem destined to spur a new generation of readers to appreciate the many ways that monsters are good to think with, and to rise to the challenge of listening and responding to what they have to tell us." - Melissa Ridley Elmes, Lindenwood University, Medievally Speaking, June 2020
"This monster of a two volume reader is exactly what we have long needed: a comprehensive and timely collection of the work that founded monster studies as well as the research that enabled it to become among the most exciting areas of interdisciplinary inquiry within the humanities. But there's more: a wide ranging collation of primary sources spans cultures and centuries. Capacious, inclusive, and brilliantly edited, this two volume set articulates the history of monster studies and promises its vigorous future." - Jeffrey J. Cohen, Arizona State University
Undergraduate and graduate courses on monsters are becoming widespread as many disciplines use monsters to think about what it means to be human. To date no source collection on the literature of the monstrous exists, and this first volume of two offers the seminal essays on monster theory. The texts exemplify their period or genre, and have proved influential as exemplars for further cultural appropriations. Each work is preceded by a critical introduction, reading questions, notes and further reading - all valuable introductory material for students.
Accompanied by a second volume of primary source material and an instructor's website, this text will prove essential reading for students and scholars alike.
Asa Simon Mittman is Professor and Chair of Art & Art History at California State University, Chico.
Marcus Hensel is Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College, Kansas.