CFP: Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television

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Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television

Cristina Artenie (Universitas Press) and Ashley Szanter (Weber State University)

Starting from the premise that monsters/monstrosity allow for the (dis)placement of anxieties that contemporary social mores do not otherwise sanction in the public space, editors Artenie and Szanter seek original essays for an edited collection on manifestations of monsters and monstrosity in all facets of popular culture and entertainment with an emphasis on film and television. Within the last years, there has been an explosion of movies and television shows that incorporate monstrous characters such as the vampire, zombie, werewolf, revenant, witches, and ghosts. While monsters continue to remain strong in the human conscious, the recent proliferation of monstrous characters includes new and innovative interpretations that not only attract mainstream audiences but transform traditional folklore and mythologies. This collection aims to analyze the new forms taken by monsters in film and television…

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CFP Animal Husbandry: Bestiality in Medieval Culture

Call for Papers Animal Husbandry: Bestiality in Medieval Culture

The boundaries between human and non-human animals were in some ways very clearly defined in the Middle Ages. God commanded Adam and Eve, in no uncertain terms, to multiply and subdue the lower creatures. Both Augustine and Aquinas agreed that animals were created solely for the use of man and had no immortal souls. An affection for pets was often considered to be a sign of decadence or even devilishness. Sexual contact between humans and animals was the most forbidden transgression of all: witches were thought to copulate with the devil while he was in animal form, and accusations of bestiality were often followed by harsh punishments. Cross-species unions could produce hybrid monsters such as the Ox Man of Wicklow, described by Gerald of Wales. Yet these seemingly strict boundaries between humans and non-humans became far more porous in the medieval imagination.

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