As representatives of the other, monsters express anxieties, fears, and wishes with regard to human self-definitions and relationships. They also articulate problems of modernization and the machine age and take on additional functions in various discourses. This historically oriented study examines the uses and functions of traditional and newly invented monsters in Romantic, Victorian, and early-modernist literature.
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2002. VIII, 344 pp.
Contents: Monsters in the Romantic Period – Coleridge’s «The Rime of the Ancient Mariner» – Frankenstein – «La Belle
Dame» and «Lamia» – Cain – Monsters in the Victorian Age – Mermaids and Mermen – «Decadent Femmes Fatales» The Fantastic in
Poetry of the First World War – Monsters in the Twentieth Century.