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The Monsters and the Humans. The Hobbit, the Monster's Godfather
The Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture (2017)
  • Dina Khapaeva, Georgia Institute of Technology
Abstract
We will focus now on the new cultural role of the monster. We will ana- lyze how the adoration of undead monsters has affected our understand- ing of humanity, placed our most important food taboo in question, and promoted the cult of death. Using vampires as a case study but also with an eye to zombies, cannibals, serial killers, and ghosts, we will compare con- temporary monsters with their nineteenth-century predecessors to evalu- ate the novelty of present-day thinking about monsters and humans. We will examine representations of nonhumans and violent death through the lens of human exceptionalism 
Keywords
  • John Ronald Ruel Tolkien’,
  • hobbit,
  • monster,
  • human exceptionalism,
  • dragon
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring March 6, 2017
Publisher
The
ISBN
978-0-472-13026-9
Publisher Statement
https://www.press.umich.edu/9297025/celebration_of_death_in_contemporary_culture
Citation Information
Dina Khapaeva. "The Monsters and the Humans. The Hobbit, the Monster's Godfather" Ann ArborThe Celebration of Death in Contemporary Culture (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dina-khapaeva/2/