Monstrous Imaginaries

Monstrous Imaginaries

Author: Maaheen Ahmed

Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 9781496825285

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Monsters seem inevitably linked to humans and not always as mere opposites. Maaheen Ahmed examines good monsters in comics to show how Romantic themes from the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries persist in today’s popular culture. Comics monsters, questioning the distinction between human and monster, self and other, are valuable conduits of Romantic inclinations. Engaging with Romanticism and the many monsters created by Romantic writers and artists such as Mary Shelley, Victor Hugo, and Goya, Ahmed maps the heritage, functions, and effects of monsters in contemporary comics and graphic novels. She highlights the persistence of recurrent Romantic features through monstrous protagonists in English- and French-language comics and draws out their implications. Aspects covered include the dark Romantic predilection for ruins and the sordid, the solitary protagonist and his quest, nostalgia, the prominence of the spectacle as well as excessive emotions, and above all, the monster’s ambiguity and rebelliousness. Ahmed highlights each Romantic theme through close readings of well-known but often overlooked comics, including Enki Bilal's Monstre tetralogy, Jim O'Barr's The Crow, and Emil Ferris’s My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, as well as the iconic comics series Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and Mike Mignola's Hellboy. In blurring the otherness of the monster, these protagonists retain the exaggeration and uncontrollability of all monsters while incorporating Romantic characteristics.

Monstrous Imaginaries
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Maaheen Ahmed
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-12-16 - Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

Monsters seem inevitably linked to humans and not always as mere opposites. Maaheen Ahmed examines good monsters in comics to show how Romantic themes from the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries persist in today’s popular culture. Comics monsters, questioning the distinction between human and monster, self and other, are valuable
Monstrous Imaginaries
Language: en
Pages: 264
Authors: Maaheen Ahmed
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-12-16 - Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi

Monsters seem inevitably linked to humans and not always as mere opposites. Maaheen Ahmed examines good monsters in comics to show how Romantic themes from the eighteenth and the nineteenth centuries persist in today’s popular culture. Comics monsters, questioning the distinction between human and monster, self and other, are valuable
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Pages: 192
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Categories: Social Science
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Pages: 188
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Language: en
Pages: 276
Authors: Gabriel R. Ricci
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-05 - Publisher: Routledge

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