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Monsters in English Literature: From the Romantic Age to the First World War


Paul Goetsch

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.
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.