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Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology Caroline Joan S. Picart

Speaking of Monsters: A Teratological Anthology

Caroline Joan S. Picart

Published July 17th 2012
ISBN : 9780230114500
Hardcover
342 pages
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 About the Book 

Despite its apparently monolithic definition, teratology (from the Greek word teras, meaning monster, and the Latin logia, which is derived from the Greek logos, meaning a speaking, discourse, treatise, doctrine, theory, science) seemsMoreDespite its apparently monolithic definition, teratology (from the Greek word teras, meaning monster, and the Latin logia, which is derived from the Greek logos, meaning a speaking, discourse, treatise, doctrine, theory, science) seems infinitely malleable, flourishing in various rhetorical environments. Teratologies are more than a bestiary: a catalogue of freaks designed to celebrate the normal. Rather, teratologies illustrate how humor, horror, fantasy, and the real cross-fertilize each other, resulting in the possibility of new worlds, ethics, and narratives emerging. As a general anthology of teratologies, this book simply maps what, in many ways, has already been occurring across several fields, as it tracks the expansion of this term, creating lacunae that form connections across multiple interpretive communities. It is a cross section of how monster narratives intersect with outsider positions, from different perspectives - such as those of literary critics, film critics, criminologists, law professors, historians, philosophers - and looks into various strategies of destabilizing normative binaries.