Monsters and Horror. What Is A Monster? The History of Monsters Why Monsters? What Do Monsters Mean? Monsters Now

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  • What Is A Monster?The History of MonstersWhy Monsters?What Do Monsters Mean?Monsters Now

  • What Is A Monster?

  • The History of Monsters

  • Ancient GreeksMonsters occur when natural order is disruptedDeformity occurs when the pregnant woman sees something which startles her

  • The Middle AgesMonsters came from God and the Devil, they were caused by stars and comets, they resulted from copulation with other species and from flaws in their parents' anatomies.

  • Modern TimesSomething out of the common order of nature.

    - Dr. Johnson, A Dictionary of the English Language (1755)

  • Modern TimesOriginally: a mythical creature which is part animal and part human, or combines elements of two or more animal forms, and is frequently of great size and ferocious appearance. Later, more generally: any imaginary creature that is large, ugly, and frightening.

    - Oxford English Dictionary

  • Why Monsters?

  • Why Monsters?FearRepulsionAttractionUnthinkableUnmanageable

  • What Do Monsters Mean?

  • What Do Monsters Mean?Literal and symbolicCultural categoriesManage contradictions

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)

    Fear: Technology / ReligionHuman vs the creature

  • SpliceVincenzo Natali 2009

    Fear: BiomediaHuman ambition

  • PrometheusRidley Scott 2012

    Fear: BiomediaEngineers vs humans

  • Night of the Living DeadGeorge Romero 1968

    Fear: OurselvesRacism and consumerism

  • 28 Days LaterDanny Boyle 2002

    Fear: VirusesForeigners and countermeasures

  • The Walking Dead2010

    Fear: Society's endHumans vs humans

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