Monstrous Progeny

Monstrous Progeny

The Monster—rarely called a Creature—kills Agatha, and at the end of the play, created and creator perish together ... I daringly attempted the formation—the An advertisement for a revival of Presumption; or, The Fate 82 MONSTROUS PROGENY.

Author: Lester D. Friedman

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813564258

Category: History

Page: 256

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Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein is its own type of monster mythos that will not die, a corpus whose parts keep getting harvested to animate new artistic creations. What makes this tale so adaptable and so resilient that, nearly 200 years later, it remains vitally relevant in a culture radically different from the one that spawned its birth? Monstrous Progeny takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley’s novel from the sixteenth century and analyzing the evolution of the book’s figures and themes into modern productions that range from children’s cartoons to pornography. Along the way, media scholar Lester D. Friedman and historian Allison B. Kavey examine the adaptation and evolution of Victor Frankenstein and his monster across different genres and in different eras. In doing so, they demonstrate how Shelley’s tale and its characters continue to provide crucial reference points for current debates about bioethics, artificial intelligence, cyborg lifeforms, and the limits of scientific progress. Blending an extensive historical overview with a detailed analysis of key texts, the authors reveal how the Frankenstein legacy arose from a series of fluid intellectual contexts and continues to pulsate through an extraordinary body of media products. Both thought-provoking and entertaining, Monstrous Progeny offers a lively look at an undying and significant cultural phenomenon.
Categories: History

Monstrous Progeny

Monstrous Progeny

What makes this tale so adaptable and so resilient that, nearly 200 years later, it remains vitally relevant in a culture radically different from the one that spawned its birth?

Author: Lester D. Friedman

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 9780813573700

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein is its own type of monster mythos that will not die, a corpus whose parts keep getting harvested to animate new artistic creations. What makes this tale so adaptable and so resilient that, nearly 200 years later, it remains vitally relevant in a culture radically different from the one that spawned its birth? Monstrous Progeny takes readers on a fascinating exploration of the Frankenstein family tree, tracing the literary and intellectual roots of Shelley’s novel from the sixteenth century and analyzing the evolution of the book’s figures and themes into modern productions that range from children’s cartoons to pornography. Along the way, media scholar Lester D. Friedman and historian Allison B. Kavey examine the adaptation and evolution of Victor Frankenstein and his monster across different genres and in different eras. In doing so, they demonstrate how Shelley’s tale and its characters continue to provide crucial reference points for current debates about bioethics, artificial intelligence, cyborg lifeforms, and the limits of scientific progress. Blending an extensive historical overview with a detailed analysis of key texts, the authors reveal how the Frankenstein legacy arose from a series of fluid intellectual contexts and continues to pulsate through an extraordinary body of media products. Both thought-provoking and entertaining, Monstrous Progeny offers a lively look at an undying and significant cultural phenomenon.
Categories: Performing Arts

Hideous Progeny

Hideous Progeny

Smith's work profoundly advances cinema and disability studies, in addition to general histories concerning the construction of social and political attitudes toward the Other.

Author: Angela Smith

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231527859

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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Twisted bodies, deformed faces, aberrant behavior, and abnormal desires characterized the hideous creatures of classic Hollywood horror, which thrilled audiences with their sheer grotesqueness. Most critics have interpreted these traits as symptoms of sexual repression or as metaphors for other kinds of marginalized identities, yet Angela M. Smith conducts a richer investigation into the period's social and cultural preoccupations. She finds instead a fascination with eugenics and physical and cognitive debility in the narrative and spectacle of classic 1930s horror, heightened by the viewer's desire for visions of vulnerability and transformation. Reading such films as Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), Freaks (1932), and Mad Love (1935) against early-twentieth-century disability discourse and propaganda on racial and biological purity, Smith showcases classic horror's dependence on the narratives of eugenics and physiognomics. She also notes the genre's conflicted and often contradictory visualizations. Smith ultimately locates an indictment of biological determinism in filmmakers' visceral treatments, which take the impossibility of racial improvement and bodily perfection to sensationalistic heights. Playing up the artifice and conventions of disabled monsters, filmmakers exploited the fears and yearnings of their audience, accentuating both the perversity of the medical and scientific gaze and the debilitating experience of watching horror. Classic horror films therefore encourage empathy with the disabled monster, offering captive viewers an unsettling encounter with their own impairment. Smith's work profoundly advances cinema and disability studies, in addition to general histories concerning the construction of social and political attitudes toward the Other.
Categories: Performing Arts

The Mark of Cain

The Mark of Cain

“ Cain's monstrous progeny in Beowulf : Part I , Noachic tradition , ” Anglo - Saxon England 8 ( 1979 ) , 143-162 . " Cain's monstrous progeny in Beowulf : Part II , post - diluvian survival , ” Anglo - Saxon England 9 ( 1980 ) ...

Author: Ruth Mellinkoff

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520039696

Category: History

Page: 151

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Quantum. The units of emitted energy. A Quantum Book is a short study distinctive for the author's ability to offer a richness of detail and insight within about one hundred pages of print. Short enough to be read in an evening and significant enough to be a book.
Categories: History

Monstrous Anatomies

Monstrous Anatomies

In Lawrence's entry on “Monster” for Rees's Cyclopædia, he defines a monster as “a creature in whom the body in general, or some large and conspicuous part of it, deviates remarkably ... p. p. p. p. 75 Cooper, 'Monstrous Progeny', p.

Author: Raul Calzoni

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783847004691

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 316

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The book explores the significance and dissemination of ‘monstrous anatomies’ in British and German culture by investigating how and why scientific and literary representations and descriptions of abnormal bodies were proposed in the late Enlightenment, during the Romantic and the Victorian Age. Since the investigations of late 18th-Century natural sciences, the fascination with monstrous anatomies has proved crucial to the study of human physiology and pathology. Featuring essays by a number of scholars focusing on a wide range of literary texts from the long nineteenth century and foregrounding the most important monstrous anatomies of the time, this book intends to offer a significant contribution to the study of the representations of the abnormal body in modern culture.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Monstrous Motherhood

Monstrous Motherhood

As monstrous mothers produce and rear their monstrous progeny in these darkened domiciles, nature perpetuates the unnatural. By insisting that the female domain can only generate chaos, these works argue for the necessity, ...

Author: Marilyn Francus

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421407982

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 312

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Monstrous Motherhood will compel scholars in eighteenth-century studies, women’s studies, family history, and cultural studies to reevaluate a foundational assumption that has driven much of the discourse in their fields.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Montaigne s Unruly Brood

Montaigne s Unruly Brood

problematical , and this is borne out once again by the situation of the monster within . Montaigne does not discover his own monstrousness within until he produces his monstrous progeny outside . In a sense , the chimeric thoughts and ...

Author: Richard L. Regosin

Publisher: University of California Press

ISBN: 9780520360372

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 266

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Perhaps as old as writing itself, the metaphor of the book as child has depicted textuality as an only son conceived to represent its father uniformly and to assure the integrity of his name. Richard L. Regosin demonstrates how Montaigne's Essais both departs from and challenges this conventional figure of textuality. He argues that Montaigne's writing is best described as a corpus of siblings with multiple faces and competing voices, a hybrid textuality inclined both to truth and dissimulation, to faithfulness and betrayal, to form and deformation. And he analyzes how this unruly, mixed brood also discloses a sexuality and gender dynamic in the Essais that is more conflicted than the traditional metaphor of literary paternity allows. Regosin challenges traditional critics by showing how the "logic" of a faithful filial text is disrupted and how the writing self displaces the author's desire for mastery and totalization. He approaches the Essais from diverse critical and theoretical perspectives that provide new ground for understanding both Montaigne's complex textuality and the obtrusive reading that it simultaneously invites and resists. His analysis is informed by poststructuralist criticism, by reception theory, and by gender and feminist studies, yet at the same time he treats the Essais as a child of sixteenth-century Humanism and late Renaissance France. Regosin also examines Montaigne's self-proclaimed taste for Ovid and the role played by the seminal texts of self-representation and aesthetic conception (Narcissus and Pygmalion) and the myth of sexual metamorphosis (Iphis). This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press’s mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1966.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Literature Film and Their Hideous Progeny

Literature  Film  and Their Hideous Progeny

This book posits adaptations as 'hideous progeny,' Mary Shelley's term for her novel, Frankenstein .

Author: Julie Grossman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137399021

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

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This book posits adaptations as 'hideous progeny,' Mary Shelley's term for her novel, Frankenstein . Like Shelley's novel and her fictional Creature, adaptations that may first be seen as monstrous in fact compel us to shift our perspective on known literary or film works and the cultures that gave rise to them.
Categories: Performing Arts

Maternal Horror Film

Maternal Horror Film

In Inseminoid the children born are clearly monstrous, resembling the creature that raped Sandy rather than a human. Equating such monstrous progeny, in film, with the 'maternal imagination' detracts from the clear correlation between ...

Author: S. Arnold

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137014122

Category: Social Science

Page: 206

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Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood examines the function of the mother figure in horror film. Using psychoanalytic film theory as well as comparisons with the melodrama film, Arnold investigates the polarized images of monstrous and sacrificing mother.
Categories: Social Science

Literary Hybrids

Literary Hybrids

... that views the mother's fickle and powerful imagination as responsible for the birth of a monstrous child: A remarkably persistent line of thought argued that monstrous progeny resulted from the disorder of the maternal imagination.

Author: Erika E. Hess

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135886509

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 206

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A close reading of the female cross-dresser in thirteenth century French romance examining the interplay between physical and narrative ambiguity.
Categories: Literary Criticism

The Oxford Handbook of Montaigne

The Oxford Handbook of Montaigne

The monster is already entirely natural, and this point is crucial to understanding Montaigne's strategy. ... Thus, the project itself is not only presented as a monstrous progeny, but also embodies that monstrosity rhetorically.

Author: Philippe Desan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190679231

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 480

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In 1580, Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) published a book unique by its title and its content: Essays"R. A literary genre was born. At first sight, the Essays resemble a patchwork of personal reflections, but they engage with questions that animate the human mind, and tend toward a single goal: to live better in the present and to prepare for death. For this reason, Montaigne's thought and writings have been a subject of enduring interest across disciplines. This Handbook brings together essays by prominent scholars that examine Montaigne's literary, philosophical, and political contributions, and assess his legacy and relevance today in a global perspective. The chapters of this Handbook offer a sweeping study of Montaigne across different disciplines and in a global perspective. One section covers the historical Montaigne, situating his thought in his own time and space, notably the Wars of Religion in France. The political, historical and religious context of Montaigne's Essays requires a rigorous presentation to inform the modern reader of the issues and problems that confronted Montaigne and his contemporaries in his own time. In addition to this contextual approach to Montaigne, the Handbook also establishes a connection between Montaigne's writings and issues and problems directly relevant to our modern times, that is to say, our age of global ideology. Montaigne's considerations, or essays, offer a point of departure for the modern reader's own assessments. The Essays analyze what can be broadly defined as human nature, the endless process by which the individual tries to impose opinions upon others through the production of laws, policies or philosophies. Montaigne's motto -- "What do I know?" -- is a simple question yet one of perennial significance. One could argue that reading Montaigne today teaches us that the angle defines the world we see, or, as Montaigne wrote: "What matters is not merely that we see the thing, but how we see it."
Categories: Literary Criticism

All Around Monstrous Monster Media in Their Historical Contexts

All Around Monstrous  Monster Media in Their Historical Contexts

dwells – thanks to a melancholic, hapless monster and reckless power figures – on the “popular disenchantment with political leadership ... 115 Haydock, “Meat Puzzles,” 151. monstrosity than meets the eye and that “the monstrous progeny ...

Author: Verena Bernardi

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781622737949

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

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We know all kinds of monsters. Vampires who suck human blood, werewolves who harass tourists in London or Paris, zombies who long to feast on our brains, or Godzilla, who is famous in and outside of Japan for destroying whole cities at once. Regardless of their monstrosity, all of these creatures are figments of the human mind and as real as they may seem, monsters are and always have been constructed by human beings. In other words, they are imagined. How they are imagined, however, depends on many different aspects and changes throughout history. The present volume provides an insight into the construction of monstrosity in different kinds of media, including literature, film, and TV series. It will show how and by whom monsters are really created, how time changes the perception of monsters and what characterizes specific monstrosities in their specific historical contexts. The book will provide valuable insights for scholars in different fields, whose interest focuses on either media studies or history.
Categories: Social Science

The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought

The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought

That is , the monstrous progeny of men , the numerous hideous beasts and the hideous species of dragons , snakes and vipers . 44 In an elaborate metaphor he notes that the patron's questions have cast him like a sailor from the fantail ...

Author: John Block Friedman

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815650485

Category: History

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Categories: History

The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous

The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous

The older generations of gods may have been deposed , but their monstrous progeny lived on : Typhoeus , for example , had fathered the Chimaera , the Hydra , Cerberus , the Sphinx , the Nemean lion , and Scylla , among many others .

Author: Asa Simon Mittman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1472418018

Category: Art

Page: 558

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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 will offer scholars and graduate students the first comprehensive and authoritative review of this emergent field.
Categories: Art

United States

United States

Eventually , resemblance is discredited as the final arbitrator of progeny . The role of resemblance in the securing of identity becomes discounted because to maintain it is to acknowledge the terror of the monstrous .

Author: Thomas L. Dumm

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 080143002X

Category: Political Science

Page: 235

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Categories: Political Science

Frankenstein s Science

Frankenstein s Science

Monstrous. Progeny: The. Teratological. Tradition. in. Science. and. Literature. Melinda. Cooper. University of East Anglia It is no doubt more than a historical coincidence that Mary Shelley composed and revised her classic novel, ...

Author: Jane Goodall

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351935838

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

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Though Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has inspired a vast body of criticism, there are no book-length studies that contextualise this widely taught novel in contemporary scientific and literary debates. The essays in this volume by leading writers in their fields provide new historical scholarship into areas of science and pseudo-science that generated fierce controversy in Mary Shelley's time: anatomy, electricity, medicine, teratology, Mesmerism, quackery and proto-evolutionary biology. The collection embraces a multifaceted view of the exciting cultural climate in Britain and Europe from 1780 to 1830. While Frankenstein is all too often read as a cautionary tale of the inherent dangers of uncontrolled scientific experimentation, the essays here take the reader back to a period when experimenters and radical thinkers viewed science as the harbinger of social innovation that would counter the virulent conservative backlash following the French Revolution. The collection will be an invaluable resource for students and scholars specialising in Romanticism, cultural history, philosophy and the history of science.
Categories: Literary Criticism

H C Artmann s Structuralist Imagination

H  C  Artmann s Structuralist Imagination

Another self-destructive pragmatic paradox arose when theoretical postmodernity was characterized as a monster. ... Starting with the idea that maternal imagination is one of the causes of monstrous progeny, Huet follows this line of ...

Author: Marc-Oliver Schuster

Publisher: Königshausen & Neumann

ISBN: 9783826044731

Category:

Page: 585

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Frankenstein How A Monster Became an Icon The Science and Enduring Allure of Mary Shelley s Creation

Frankenstein  How A Monster Became an Icon  The Science and Enduring Allure of Mary Shelley s Creation

“Teaching the Monster: Frankenstein and Critical Thinking. ... Monstrous Society: Reciprocity, Discipline, and the Political Uncanny, c. 1780–1848. ... “Monstrous Progeny: The Teratological Tradition in Science and Literature.

Author: Sidney Perkowitz

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781681776972

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

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Few creations have risen from literary origins to reach world-wide importance like Frankenstein. This landmark volume celebrates the bicentenary of Mary Shelley's creation and its indelible impact on art and culture. The tale of a tormented creature created in a laboratory began on a rainy night in 1816 in the imagination of a nineteen-year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, newly married to the celebrated Romantic poet Percy Shelley. Since its publication two years later, in 1818, Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus has spread around the globe through every possible medium and variation. Frankenstein has not been out of print once in 200 years. It has appeared in hundreds of editions, perhaps more than any other novel. It has inspired a multitude of stage and screen adaptations, the latest appearing just last year. “Frankenstein” has become an indelible part of popular culture, and is shorthand for anything bizarre and human-made; for instance, genetically modified crops are “Frankenfood.” Conversely, Frankenstein’s monster has also become a benign Halloween favorite. Yet for all its long history, Frankenstein's central premise—that science, not magic or God, can create a living being, and thus these creators must answer for their actions as humans, not Gods—is most relevant today as scientists approach creating synthetic life. In its popular and cultural weight and its expression of the ethical issues raised by the advance of science, physicist Sidney Perkowitz and film expert Eddy von Muller have brought together scholars and scientists, artists and directions—including Mel Brooks—to celebrate and examine Mary Shelley’s marvelous creation and its legacy as the monster moves into his next century.
Categories: Social Science