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The unnameable monster in literature and film

Author: Maria Beville
Publisher: New York ; London : Routledge, 2014.
Series: Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature, 21.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book visits the 'Thing' in its various manifestations as an unnameable monster in literature and film, reinforcing the idea that the very essence of the monster is its excess and its indeterminacy. Tied primarily to the artistic modes of the gothic, science fiction, and horror, the unnameable monster retains a persistent presence in literary forms as a reminder of the sublime object that exceeds our worst  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Maria Beville
ISBN: 9780415833622 0415833620 9780203496916 0203496914
OCLC Number: 846889774
Description: xii, 203 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Monsters as we know them: a history of named monsters --
Articulating the abstract: theories of the unnameable --
"Things" not to be named nor understood: the unnameable monster in nineteenth century literature --
The "thing" keeps coming back: modern and postmodern nondescripts --
The spectacle of the lack: real-ising the monster on screen --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Routledge interdisciplinary perspectives on literature, 21.
Responsibility: Maria Beville.

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"This book visits the 'Thing' in its various manifestations as an unnameable monster in literature and film, reinforcing the idea that the very essence of the monster is its excess and its indeterminacy. Tied primarily to the artistic modes of the gothic, science fiction, and horror, the unnameable monster retains a persistent presence in literary forms as a reminder of the sublime object that exceeds our worst fears. Beville examines various representations of this elusive monster and argues that we must looks at the monster, rather than through it, at ourselves. As such, this book responds to the obsessive manner in which the monsters of literature and culture are 'managed' in processes of classification and in claims that they serve a social function by embodying all that is horrible in the human imagination."--Publisher website.

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