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"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, GW Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, George Washington 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 History at California State University, Chico, USA
Marcus Hensel is Assistant Professor of English at Bethany College, USA