Monstrous figurations: notes for a feminist reading

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dc.contributor.advisor González Marín, María Carmen Eva Fusco, Virginia 2017-06-16T10:07:29Z 2019-01-26T23:00:06Z 2015-11 2016-01-26
dc.description Mención Internacional en el título de doctor
dc.description.abstract Human imagination is saturated with monsters. In order to be able to consider the Human, people have developed a very complex set of narratives both in their diverse literary traditions and, even more so, in their folklore. Therefore, to study monsters represents a way of exploring the different ways in which humans have not only defined themselves but the characteristics that they have attributed to those that were strangers to the human community. In particular, in this game of alterities in which the human stands face to face with his negative mirror image, female monsters have historically occupied a relevant position. Women have been historically represented as the Other in this human/nonhuman dyad. Starting from an etymological approximation to the word monstrum, I have argued that the monster is a complex, multi-layered cultural object that, due to its internal plasticity and its polysemic nature, has acquired over time a number of conflicting characteristics. Moreover, (female) monstrous creatures function as double edged devices that reveal the limits of normativity and simultaneously open up a space for difference to emerge. These preliminary considerations and nineteenth and twentieth century vampires’ and zombies’ narratives have guided my analysis of a contemporary neo-gothic artefact: Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter by Laurell Hamilton. In dialogue with a number of feminist contributions and considering queer notions of fluidity and performativity, I will argue that Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter represents a twenty first century series that questions social norms and envisions worlds of freedom.
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dc.rights Atribución-NoComercial-SinDerivadas 3.0 España
dc.subject.other Literatura fantástica
dc.subject.other Cine de terror
dc.subject.other Estudios de género
dc.subject.other Feminismo filosófico
dc.subject.other Monstruos
dc.subject.other Monster
dc.subject.other Resistance
dc.subject.other Normativity
dc.subject.other Liminality
dc.subject.other Vampire
dc.subject.other Zombie
dc.subject.other Race
dc.subject.other Sexuality
dc.subject.other Feminism
dc.subject.other Femininity & masculinity
dc.subject.other Queer
dc.title Monstrous figurations: notes for a feminist reading
dc.type doctoralThesis
dc.subject.eciencia Filosofía
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess Programa Oficial de Doctorado en Humanidades
dc.description.responsability Presidente: Fernando Broncano Rodríguez.- Secretario: David Hernández de la Fuente.- Vocal: Kristian Van Haesendonck
dc.contributor.departamento Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Humanidades: Filosofía, Lenguaje y Literatura
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