The Pathogenesis of Fear

Mapping the Margins of Monstrosity


The Pathogenesis of Fear gathers together diverse conversations about cultural constructions of the monstrous. Interdisciplinary essays map the margins of monstrosity as follows: the cannibalistic paradox in Kleist’s late-Romantic Penthesilea; intersections of the monstrous-feminine and the new Victorian psycho-physiology of consciousness in George Eliot’s early novels; the monster-formed citizens of Dickensian and later dystopias; the killing of African Americans targeted as monstrous entities in US cities; the post-human anguish of a television zombie-world; the monstrous mutilations of a Spanish horror film; psychosocial aberration in Martin Millar’s werewolf fiction; the demonization of the Other on the war-torn streets of Ireland; Derridean devouring sovereignty. Discursively correlated with different categories of body and mind, monstrosity, these essays argue, persists in taking many forms. Contributors are Elizabeth Hollis Berry, Niculae Gheran, Sarah Harris, Fiona Harris-Ramsby and Mubarak Muhammad, Michaela Marková, Kimberley McMahon Coleman, Judith Rahn, Cindy Smith and Marita Vyrgioti.

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Elizabeth Hollis Berry, Ph.D. (1993), University of Alberta, has taught as a professor of English at different Canadian universities. Her publications include a monograph, several chapters in books, and articles about texts and theoretical contexts from the seventeenth century onwards.
“The authors demonstrate a dazzling fluency with postmodern theory and deconstructionism, further strengthening the intellectual connections between their respective contributions.” — J. G. Matthews, Washington State University, CHOICE connect 57.1 (September 2019)
Notes on Contributors Introduction Elizabeth Hollis Berry Part 1 Subjectivity and (Ab)use of Power 1 Devotion, Divergence and Desire: Anthropophagy as a Means of Cultural Formation Judith Rahn 2 Devouring: Deconstructing Sovereignty’s Omnipotence in Jacques Derrida’s Seminar ‘The Beast and the Sovereign’ Marita Vyrgioti 3 The Monster Factory: Monsterisation of Characters in Dystopias Niculae Liviu Gheran 4 ‘She Could Devour Him If She Wanted to’: Hunger, Scopophilia, and Power in The Skin I Live In Sarah D. Harris 5 Warning! Monster Metaphors and the Urban Black Body Fiona Harris-Ramsby and Mubarak Muhammad Part 2 Agency and Selfdom 6 Victorian Psychology, Monstrous Maidens, and George Eliot Elizabeth Hollis Berry 7 (De)Construction of the Monstrous in Contemporary Northern Irish Fiction Michaela Marková 8 Adolescence as Battleground for Identity Foundation: Martin Millar’s Wolf Girl Novels 149 Kimberley McMahon-Coleman 9 In The Flesh and the Administration of Posthuman Anguish Cindy Smith
This volume would be relevant and useful to all academic libraries, specialists, post-graduate students, other students, and educated readers interested in interdisciplinary cultural, literary, and psychosocial studies.