On Monsters

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On Monsters

On Monsters

  • Author : Stephen T. Asma
  • ISBN Code : 0199714517
  • Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Number of Pages : 368
  • Publish Date : 2009-10-14

Hailed as "a feast" (Washington Post) and "a modern-day bestiary" (The New Yorker), Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, what functions they have served for us, and what shapes they are likely to take in the future. Beginning at the time of Alexander the Great, the monsters come fast and furious--Behemoth and Leviathan, Gog and Magog, Satan and his demons, Grendel and Frankenstein, circus freaks and headless children, right up to the serial killers and terrorists of today and the post-human cyborgs of tomorrow. Monsters embody our deepest anxieties and vulnerabilities, Asma argues, but they also symbolize the mysterious and incoherent territory beyond the safe enclosures of rational thought. Exploring sources as diverse as philosophical treatises, scientific notebooks, and novels, Asma unravels traditional monster stories for the clues they offer about the inner logic of an era's fears and fascinations. In doing so, he illuminates the many ways monsters have become repositories for those human qualities that must be repudiated, externalized, and defeated.

On Monsters book by Stephen T. Asma, Oxford University Press is the publisher for 368 pages Body, Mind & Spirit book. Hailed as "a feast" (Washington Post) and "a modern-day bestiary" (The New Yorker), Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, what functions the ...

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On Monsters book by Stephen T. Asma, Oxford University Press is the publisher for 368 pages Body, Mind & Spirit book. Hailed as "a feast" (Washington Post) and "a modern-day bestiary" (The New Yorker), Stephen Asma's On Monsters is a wide-ranging cultural and conceptual history of monsters--how they have evolved over time, what functions the ...

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The Architecture of Context and Context-Sensitivity book by Tadeusz Ciecierski,Paweł Grabarczyk, Springer Nature is the publisher for 319 pages Language Arts & Disciplines book. This volume addresses foundational issues of context-dependence and indexicality, which are at the center of the current debate within the philosophy of language. Topics include the scope of context-dependency, the nature of ...

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Encyclopedia of Beasts and Monsters in Myth, Legend and Folklore book by Theresa Bane, McFarland is the publisher for 428 pages Social Science book. “Here there be dragons”—this notation was often made on ancient maps to indicate the edges of the known world and what lay beyond. Heroes who ventured there were only as great as the beasts they encountered. This encycl ...

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