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The Monstrous-feminine

Author: Barbara Creed
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 218
Release: 1993
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0415052599
Rating: 4.0/5 (525 downloads)

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Most critical writings on horror films conceptualise woman as victim. Creed challenges this view with a feminist psychoanalytic critique, discussing films such as Alien, I Spit on Your Grave and Psycho.In almost all critical writings on the horror film, woman is conceptualised only as victim. In The Monstrous-Feminine Barbara Creed challenges this patriarchal view by arguing that the prototype of all definitions of the monstrous is the female reproductive body.With close reference to a number of classic horror films including the Alien trilogy, The Exorcist and Psycho, Creed analyses the seven 'faces' of the monstrous-feminine: archaic mother, monstrous womb, vampire, witch, possessed body, monstrous mother and castrator. Her argument that man fears woman as castrator, rather than as castrated, questions not only Freudian theories of sexual difference but existing theories of spectatorship and fetishism, providing a provocative re-reading of classical and contemporary film and theoretical texts.

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Emblematic Monsters

Author: Alan W. Bates
Publsiher: Rodopi
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2005
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 9789042018624
Rating: 4.0/5 (42 downloads)

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London pathologist Bates, a consultant to the Royal Free Hospital, explores the written and artistic records of human monstrous births published in Europe between 1500 and 1700, not as a narrative survey, but in order to present several arguments concerning the description of such births during the period. Integrating historical and medical approaches, he argues that early modern accounts of monstrous births were usually representations of individual cases rather than generalized or allegorical monsters, and that the descriptive accuracy and credibility of their accounts were among the writers' chief concerns. Annotation :2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The Works

Author: Richard Hooker
Publsiher: Georg Olms Verlag
Total Pages: 814
ISBN: 9783487409726
Rating: 4.4/5 (874 downloads)

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The works of that learned and judicious divine

Author: Richard Hooker
Total Pages: 770
Release: 1841
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Was Mao Really a Monster?

Author: Gregor Benton
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2013-09-13
Genre: History
ISBN: 1134006624
Rating: 4.0/5 (66 downloads)

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Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang and Jon Halliday was published in 2005 to a great fanfare. The book portrays Mao as a monster – equal to or worse than Hitler and Stalin – and a fool who won power by native cunning and ruled by terror. It received a rapturous welcome from reviewers in the popular press and rocketed to the top of the worldwide bestseller list. Few works on China by writers in the West have achieved its impact. Reviews by serious China scholars, however, tended to take a different view. Most were sharply critical, questioning its authority and the authors’ methods , arguing that Chang and Halliday’s book is not a work of balanced scholarship, as it purports to be, but a highly selective and even polemical study that sets out to demonise Mao. This book brings together sixteen reviews of Mao: The Unknown Story – all by internationally well-regarded specialists in modern Chinese history, and published in relatively specialised scholarly journals. Taken together they demonstrate that Chang and Halliday’s portrayal of Mao is in many places woefully inaccurate. While agreeing that Mao had many faults and was responsible for some disastrous policies, they conclude that a more balanced picture is needed.

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Beyond the Sea

Author: Felan Parker
Publsiher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
Total Pages: 449
Release: 2018-11-09
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 0773555552
Rating: 4.5/5 (555 downloads)

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The Bioshock series looms large in the industry and culture of video games for its ambitious incorporation of high-minded philosophical questions and retro-futuristic aesthetics into the ultraviolent first-person shooter genre. Beyond the Sea marks ten years since the release of the original game with an interdisciplinary collection of essays on Bioshock, Bioshock 2, and Bioshock Infinite. Simultaneously lauded as landmarks in the artistic growth of the medium and criticized for their compromised vision and politics, the Bioshock games have been the subject of significant scholarly and critical discussion. Moving past well-trodden debates, Beyond the Sea broadens the conversation by putting video games in dialogue with a diverse range of other disciplines and cultural forms, from parenting psychology to post-humanism, from Thomas Pynchon to German expressionist cinema. Offering bold new perspectives on a canonical series, Beyond the Sea is a timely contribution to our understanding of the aesthetics, the industry, and the culture of video games. Contributors include Daniel Ante-Contreras (Miracosta), Luke Arnott (Western Ontario), Betsy Brey (Waterloo), Patrick Brown (Iowa), Michael Fuchs (Graz), Jamie Henthorn (Catawba), Brendan Keogh (Queensland), Cameron Kunzelman (Georgia), Cody Mejeur (Michigan State), Matthew Thomas Payne (Notre Dame), Gareth Schott (Waikato), Karen Schrier (Marist), Sarah Stang (York/Ryerson), Sarah Thorne (Carleton), John Vanderhoef (California State, Dominguez Hills), Matthew Wysocki (Flagler), Jordan R. Youngblood (Eastern Connecticut State), and Sarah Zaidan (Emerson).

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The Lancet

Total Pages: 848
Release: 1828
Genre: Medicine
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Womb of Monsters

Author: Thomas Aiello
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2001-11
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0595206654
Rating: 4.2/5 (66 downloads)

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In the late sixties, a rogue psychiatrist created a gated community of mental patients called Yesterday, utilizing some revolutionary mental health techniques. When Orson Littlefield is sent to the Yesterday mental facility, he is introduced to a new medication that makes his delusions come to life. His next door neighbor, who is actually just another part of his delusion, becomes enraged when Orson kicks yet another figment of his imagination into her yard. She then promptly murders him with a nuclear warhead. Meanwhile, the antichrist, a Louisiana bunny rabbit, rises to power and seduces the world. One testament later, a high school football star takes on the persona of savior for a sports starved small town. His life is naturally replete with miracles, disciples, a donkey, and plenty of sex. Interspersed throughout are the author’s own attempts to come to terms with the fact that all the characters in his story are just figments of his imagination. Newspapers come to life, girlfriends evaporate, and various characters throughout are stricken with stigmata. A social commentary, religious satire, and absurdist comedy that examines the fine line between imagination and reality: come look inside the womb of monsters.

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Pregnant Bodies from Shakespeare to Ford

Author: Katarzyna Burzyńska
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2022-03-24
Genre: Drama
ISBN: 1000551911
Rating: 4.5/5 (519 downloads)

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This book explores how the pregnant body is portrayed, perceived and enacted in Shakespeare’s and his contemporaries’ drama by means of a phenomenological analysis and a recourse to early modern popular medical discourse on reproduction. Phenomenology of pregnancy is a fairly new and radical body of philosophy that questions the post-Cartesian chasm of an almost autonomous reason and an enclosed and self-sufficient (male) body as foundations of identity. Early modern drama, as is argued, was written and staged at the backdrop of revolutionary changes in medicine and science where old and new theories on the embodied self-clashed. In this world where more and more men were expected to steadily grow isolated from their bodies, the pregnant body constituted an embattled contradiction. Indebted to the theories of embodiment this book offers a meticulous and detailed investigation of a plethora of pregnant characters and their “pregnant embodiment” in the pre-modern works by Shakespeare, Middleton, Webster and Ford. The analysis in each chapter argues for an indivisible link between an intensely embodied experience of pregnancy as enacted in space and identity-shaping processes resulting in a more acute sense of selfhood and agency. Despite seemingly disparate experiences of the selected heroines and the repeated attempts at containment of their “unruly” bodies, the ever transforming and “spatial” pregnant identities remain loci of embodied selfhood and agency. This book provocatively argues that fictional characters’ experience reflects tangible realities of early modern women, while often deflecting the scientific consensus on reproduction in the period.

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Strangers, Gods, and Monsters

Author: Richard Kearney
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2003
Genre: Difference (Philosophy)
ISBN: 9780415272575
Rating: 4.4/5 (152 downloads)

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Masculinity, Corporality and the English Stage, 1580-1635

Author: Christian M. Billing
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 260
Release: 2008-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780754656517
Rating: 4.7/5 (546 downloads)

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Combining analysis of early modern anatomical science, social phenomena such as cross dressing, examples of proto-feminist cultural agency and close readings of English professional theatre texts, the author presents an original investigation into shifting dramatic representations of the sexed and gendered body, together with the ways in which early modern English professional playwrights used carefully-constructed versions of human corporality to inflect their interventions into the gender politics of the period.

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Re-reading the Monstrous-Feminine

Author: Nicholas Chare
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2019-10-03
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 0429890532
Rating: 4.8/5 (95 downloads)

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This book provides a critical reappraisal of Barbara Creed’s ground-breaking work of feminist psychoanalytic film scholarship, The Monstrous-Feminine, which was first published in 1993. The Monstrous-Feminine married psychoanalytic thinking with film analysis in radically new ways to provide an invaluable corrective to conventional approaches to the study of women in horror films, with their narrow emphasis on woman’s victimhood. This volume, which will mark 25 years since the publication of The Monstrous-Feminine, brings together essays by international scholars working across a variety of disciplines who take up Creed’s ideas in new ways and fresh contexts or, more broadly, explore possible futures for feminist and/or psychoanalytically informed art history and film theory.

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Olympians Vs. Titans

Author: Jessica Gunderson
Publsiher: Raintree
Total Pages: 113
Release: 2017-06-15
Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
ISBN: 1474737714
Rating: 4.7/5 (377 downloads)

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What happens when the mighty god Zeus and the Titan ruler Cronus battle to reign over the world? War rages, as seas boil and mountains crumble. The sky roars with the wrath of gods. Whose side will you be on? Do you have what it takes to be victorious? Full-page illustrations, interactive stories, and multiple endings transport you back to ancient Greece and into the battle between the Olympian gods and the Titans.

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Mothers, Monsters, Whores

Author: Laura Sjoberg
Publsiher: Zed Books Ltd.
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2013-07-04
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1848137370
Rating: 4.1/5 (373 downloads)

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A woman did that? The general reaction to women's political violence is still one of shock and incomprehension. Mothers, Monsters, Whores provides an empirical study of women's violence in global politics. The book looks at military women who engage in torture; the Chechen 'Black Widows'; Middle Eastern suicide bombers; and the women who directed and participated in genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda. Sjoberg & Gentry analyse the biological, psychological and sexualized stereotypes through which these women are conventionally depicted, arguing that these are rooted in assumptions about what is 'appropriate' female behaviour. What these stereotypes have in common is that they all perceive women as having no agency in any sphere of life, from everyday choices to global political events. This book is a major feminist re-evaluation of women's motivations and actions as perpetrators of political violence.

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The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous

Author: Asa Simon Mittman
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 602
Release: 2012
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781409407546
Rating: 4.4/5 (94 downloads)

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The field of monster studies has grown significantly over the past few years and this companion provides a comprehensive guide to the study of monsters and the monstrous from historical, regional and thematic perspectives. The collection reflects the truly multi-disciplinary nature of monster studies, bringing in scholars from literature, art history, religious studies, history, classics and cultural and media studies. The companion offers scholars and graduate students the first comprehensive and authoritative review of this emergent field.

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Author: Dietmut Niedecken
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 270
Release: 2004-06-02
Genre: Psychology
ISBN: 1135444722
Rating: 4.4/5 (447 downloads)

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Is learning disability determined from birth? Psychoanalysis has always striven to reconstruct damaged human subjectivity. However, with a few exceptions, people with learning disabilities have long been excluded from this enterprise as a matter of course. It has been taken for granted that learning disability is a deficient state in which psychodynamics play but a minor role and where development is irrevocably determined by organic conditions. First published in German in 1980s and published here in English for the first time, this brave and provocative book was one of the first to attempt to understand learning disabilities in terms of psychoanalysis and socio-psychology. Controversially, the author does not distinguish between a primary organic handicap and a secondary psychological one; rather, she argues that it is developed from the very outset of the process of socialisation during the interaction of caregiver and infant, and therefore gives the analyst room to work on this maladapted socialisation. She illustrates the effectiveness of this theory when put into practice in a number of illuminating case studies. Still as influential and powerful as when it was first published, Nameless will be of interest to psychoanalysts and clinicians from across the mental health services who work with people with learning disabilities.