Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television

Monsters and Monstrosity in 21st-Century Film and Television
Editors: Cristina Artenie (Universitas Press) and Ashley Szanter (Weber State University)
Project Overview

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 for their cultural impact on modern entertainment and popular culture.

Chapters in the proposed collection can focus on one or more of the following categories:

  • Modern monsters in television and film, particularly new monster media like iZombie, The Originals, The Vampire Diaries, Penny Dreadful, NBC’s Dracula, Teen Wolf, The Walking Dead, Les Revenants, Sleepy Hollow, Doctor Who, Warm Bodies, The Wolfman (2010), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Krampus, Victor Frankenstein, and many others
  • Modern monster theory as an important element of pop cultural study and relevance in an era of growing monster imagery and narrative
  • Address canon or contemporary monster fictions through a particular scholarly lens
  • Address monster studies and intersectionality. Of particular interest to the editors are popular depictions of monstrosity and disability, non-binary gender and sexuality, feminism, and non-traditional/deconstructed families within a broad identity politics frame..
  • Discussions of fandom theory as it relates to monster films with worldwide success (i.e. The Twilight Saga).

Abstract Due Dates

Preference will be given to abstracts received before May 1, 2016 and should be no longer than 300 words. Please also include a brief biographical statement and a CV.

Final manuscripts (no longer than 15,000 words, including Works Cited) should be submitted in MLA style, by July 15, 2016.

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