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Speaking of Monsters

By Caroline Joan S. Picart,John Edgar Browning
  • ISBN Code: : 1137101490
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Pages : 326
  • Category : Social Science
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Employing a range of approaches to examine how "monster-talk" pervades not only popular culture but also public policy through film and other media, this book is a "one-stop shop" of sorts for students and instructors employing various approaches and media in the study of "teratologies," or discourses of the monstrous.

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This is the touching story of a vivacious, talented girl growing up in splendid freedom in Transylvania, then Hungary but now part of Rumania, until a tragic event transplants her and three older siblings to eighteenth century Vienna and the house of a cardinal, whose wards they have become. The four youngsters know they have no choice but to adjust to their drastically changed life and a demanding curriculum of studies. In time, all four teenagers are placed with religious orders and eventually take their vows. The youngest, Tessa, enters the abbey of Goss in Styria, a contemplative order of choir women from noble families, and she eventually becomes Choir woman Maria Columba. Her great talent and love of singing, especially the Gregorian chant, as well as an understanding abbess, help her adjust to the strict rules and grueling daily schedule. Over time, however, circumstances change and her always strong temper revolts against what she perceives as unjust and abhorred decisions by her superiors, causing her to be confined to a cell under prisonlike conditions. She is freed years later when Joseph II of Austria decrees the dissolution of contemplative abbeys, monasteries, and convents. Realizing that having been confined for so long was an injustice, the state grants her as the only member of the congregation the means to live out her life as a private woman.

How I Met My Monster (Goosebumps Most Wanted #3)

By R.L. Stine
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Scholastic Inc.
  • Book Code : 0545510171
  • Total of Pages : 160
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 866
  • Pdf File: how-i-met-my-monster.pdf

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The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and they're coming after you! Catch them undead or alive! Night for Noah Bienstock is a scary time. He keeps having the scariest dream that he's being hunted by a monster and can't escape. Daytime isn't much better for Noah, a shy, lonely 6th grader. But then Noah meets Monroe Sternom, the new kid in town. Monroe is assigned the seat next to Noah in school and they instantly hit it off. But there are some strange things about Monroe. Can he trust Monroe with the details of his dream? Noah must do what ever it takes to make sure his nightmares don't come true!

Fateseal

By Bonnie L. Price
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Bonnie L. Price
  • Book Code : 0999206788
  • Total of Pages : 780
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 425
  • Pdf File: fateseal.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Gods, demons, and heroes. Standard MMO fare—or so Cerys Collins thought. As a long-time gamer and guild leader, Cerys has always wondered what it would be like to live in virtual reality. When her guild members convince her to try a new VRMMO, she discovers reality is far more complex than she knew. Chosen by the gods of another world, Cerys finds herself trapped between warring factions: a tyrannical human empire and an oppressed kingdom of demons. When she discovers her best friend has been dragged into this new world as well, Cerys is forced to choose between saving her friend or looking at the bigger picture. If Cerys is to be anything more than a pawn in the gods' game, she'll have to leverage everything she's learned on her home world and in past games, before it's too late. With a cocky incubus king vying for more than her loyalty, her quest won’t be an easy one. The Deck of Souls series contains some dark themes, profanity, violence, and adult relationships.

The Fantastic in Holocaust Literature and Film

By Judith B. Kerman,John Edgar Browning
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Book Code : 1476618739
  • Total of Pages : 244
  • Category : History
  • Members : 205
  • Pdf File: the-fantastic-in-holocaust-literature-and-film.pdf

Book Short Summary:

When reality becomes fantastic, what literary effects will render it credible or comprehensible? To respond meaningfully to the surreality of the Holocaust, writers must produce works of moral and emotional complexity. One way they have achieved this is through elements of fantasy. Covering a range of theoretical perspectives, this collection of essays explores the use of fantastic story-telling in Holocaust literature and film. Writers such as Jane Yolen and Art Spiegelman are discussed, as well as the sci-fi television series V (1983), Stephen King’s novella Apt Pupil (1982), Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth (2006) and Martin Scorsese’s dark thriller Shutter Island (2010).

The Monster in Theatre History

By Michael Chemers
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1315454076
  • Total of Pages : 186
  • Category : Literary Criticism
  • Members : 262
  • Pdf File: the-monster-in-theatre-history.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Monsters are fragmentary, uncertain, frightening creatures. What happens when they enter the realm of the theatre? The Monster in Theatre History explores the cultural genealogies of monsters as they appear in the recorded history of Western theatre. From the Ancient Greeks to the most cutting-edge new media, Michael Chemers focuses on a series of ‘key’ monsters, including Frankenstein’s creature, werewolves, ghosts, and vampires, to reconsider what monsters in performance might mean to those who witness them. This volume builds a clear methodology for engaging with theatrical monsters of all kinds, providing a much-needed guidebook to this fascinating hinterland.

Max Helsing and the Thirteenth Curse

By Curtis Jobling
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Book Code : 0698191900
  • Total of Pages : 320
  • Category : Juvenile Fiction
  • Members : 130
  • Pdf File: max-helsing-and-the-thirteenth-curse.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Max is just your average kid growing up in Gallows Hill, a small town outside of Boston—well, except that he lives in a gothic mansion with an old former prizefighter, and his after-school job is carrying on the monster-hunting tradition of his family, the van Helsings. Despite the bloody legacy he’s inherited, Max always tries to be kind and fair to the ghouls, demons, and other creatures he encounters. So he’s confused when monsters start attacking him willy-nilly—even those he thought of as friends. Max discovers he’s been cursed by an evil Warlock who intends to reclaim the earth for the monsters. To save his life, Max must rely on his gearhead friend Syd, his boy-genius neighbor Wing, and his brand-new puppy for help. But time is running out, and if they can’t figure out how to break the Thirteenth Curse, Max—and the world as we know it—will be in deep, deep trouble…

Jolly Roger Volume 1: No Man's Land

By Gabriele Dolzadelli
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Babelcube Inc.
  • Book Code : 1547502754
  • Total of Pages : 142
  • Category : History
  • Members : 896
  • Pdf File: jolly-roger-volume-1.pdf

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1670. Among fights for the New World colonization and the commercial supremacy, a young Irishman named Sidvester O'Neill sets off for the Caribbean Sea heading to the isle of Puerto Dorado. He aims to find his brother Alexander, who left years before, and take him back home. But his journey will have unexpected implications. A secret hides in the darkness of the island's jungle, and the main European powers (France, England and Holland) yearn for it. Intrigues, deceits and plots pack Puerto Dorado's days, in a fight between the smartes captains in the island. As these events occur, the alert eye of a pirate ship anchored on the horizon is keeping an eye on them, in front of everyone's and no man's tiny land.

Monstrous Ontologies: Politics Ethics Materiality

By Caterina Nirta,Andrea Pavoni
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Vernon Press
  • Book Code : 1648892191
  • Total of Pages : 255
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 363
  • Pdf File: monstrous-ontologies.pdf

Book Short Summary:

While the presence of monsters in popular culture is ever-increasing, their use as an explicit or implicit category to frame, stigmatise, and demonise the other is seemingly on the rise. At the same time, academic interest for monsters is ever-growing. Usually, monstrosity is understood as a category that emerges to signal a transgression to a given order; this approach has led to the demystification of the insidious characterisations of the (racial, sexual, physical) other as monstrous. While this effort has been necessary, its collateral effects have reduced the monstrous to a mere (socio-cultural) construction of the other: a dialectical framing that de facto deprives monstrosity from any reality. 'Monstrous Ontologies: Politics, Ethics, Materiality' proffers the necessity of challenging these monstrous otherings and their perverse socio-political effects, whilst also asserting that the monstrous is not simply an epistemological construct, but that it has an ontological reality. There is a profound difference between monsters and monstrosity. While the former is an often sterile political and social simplification, the end-product of rhetorical and biopolitical apparatuses; the latter may be understood as a dimension that nurtures the un-definable, that is, that shows the limits of these apparatuses by embodying their material excess: not a 'cultural frame', but the limit to the very mechanism of 'framing'. The monstrous expresses the combining, hybridising, becoming, and creative potential of socio-natural life, albeit colouring this powerful vitalism with the dark hue of a fearful, disgusting, and ultimately indigestible reality that cannot simply be embraced with multicultural naivety. As such, it forces us towards radically changing not the categories, but the very mechanisms of categorisation through which reality is framed and acted upon. Here lies the profound ethical dimension that monstrosity forces us to acknowledge; here lies its profoundly political potential, one that cannot be unfolded by merely deconstructing monstrosity, and rather requires to engage with its uncomfortable, appalling, and revealing materiality. This book will appeal to postgraduate students, PostDocs, and academics alike in the fields of philosophy, critical theory, humanities, sociology and social theory, criminology, human geography, and critical legal theory.

The Child in World Cinema

By Debbie Olson
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  • Publisher : Lexington Books
  • Book Code : 1498563813
  • Total of Pages : 518
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 815
  • Pdf File: the-child-in-world-cinema.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This volume offers compelling analyses of children and childhood in non-Western films.

Writing for the Screen

By Anna Weinstein
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Book Code : 1317370546
  • Total of Pages : 254
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 484
  • Pdf File: writing-for-the-screen.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Writing for the Screen is a collection of essays and interviews exploring the business of screenwriting. This highly accessible guide to working in film and television includes perspectives from industry insiders on topics such as breaking in; pitching; developing and nurturing business relationships; juggling multiple projects; and more. Writing for the Screen is an ideal companion to screenwriting and filmmaking classes, demystifying the industry and the role of the screenwriter with real-world narratives and little-known truths about the business. With insight from working professionals, you’ll be armed with the information you need to pursue your career as a screenwriter. Contains essays by and interviews with screenwriting consultants, television writers, feature writers, writer-directors of independent film, producers, and professors. Offers expert opinions on how to get started, including preparing your elevator pitch, finding mentors, landing an internship, and moving from an internship to the next step in your career. Reveals details about taking meetings, what development executives are looking for in a screenwriter, how and when to approach a producer, and how to pitch. Explores strategies for doing creative work under pressure, finding your voice, choosing what to write, sticking with a project over the long haul, overcoming discrimination, and reinventing yourself as a writer. Illuminates the business of screenwriting in the United States (New York and Los Angeles) as compared to other countries around the globe, including England, Ireland, Peru, France, Australia, and Belgium.

The Doppelganger Protocol (The Remnants of War Series, Book 2)

By Patrick Astre
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : ePublishing Works!
  • Book Code : 161417508X
  • Total of Pages : 300
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 466
  • Pdf File: the-doppelganger-protocol.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Post 9-11, the CIA began developing "Chupacabra"—genetically engineered animals—to track and kill insurgents in Afghanistan. Now the program is complete... and in Russian hands. The first mission: eliminate an undercover agent before he can hand-off secret information. But now every person who came in contact with the body is dying, and the virus is spreading. When ex-Special Forces operator Richard Daniels is asked by the victim's sister to investigate her brother's gruesome death, she hands Richard an encrypted CD that arrived shortly after her brother's death. Daniels turns to Chantal Latour, a member of his old army squad in Afghanistan, for help. While Daniels and Chantal investigate, and the CDC chases after a weaponized strain of the Ebola virus with no known cure, the Russians find and kidnap Chantal's daughter. The ransom: return the CD or witness first-hand what a "Chupacabra" can do. THE REMNANTS OF WAR, in series order The Last Operation The Doppelganger Protocol The Devil's Eye Twilight of Demons

Big and Small

By Lynne Vallone
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Book Code : 0300231717
  • Total of Pages : 360
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 335
  • Pdf File: big-and-small.pdf

Book Short Summary:

A groundbreaking work that explores human size as a distinctive cultural marker in Western thought Author, scholar, and editor Lynne Vallone has an international reputation in the field of child studies. In this analytical tour-de-force, she explores bodily size difference—particularly unusual bodies, big and small—as an overlooked yet crucial marker that informs human identity and culture. Exploring miniaturism, giganticism, obesity, and the lived experiences of actual big and small people, Vallone boldly addresses the uncomfortable implications of using physical measures to judge normalcy, goodness, gender identity, and beauty. This wide-ranging work surveys the lives and contexts of both real and imagined persons with extraordinary bodies from the seventeenth century to the present day through close examinations of art, literature, folklore, and cultural practices, as well as scientific and pseudo-scientific discourses. Generously illustrated and written in a lively and accessible style, Vallone’s provocative study encourages readers to look with care at extraordinary bodies and the cultures that created, depicted, loved, and dominated them.

Konosuba: God's Blessing on This Wonderful World!, Vol. 16 (light novel)

By Natsume Akatsuki
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  • Publisher : Yen Press LLC
  • Book Code : 1975342046
  • Total of Pages : 192
  • Category : Fiction
  • Members : 307
  • Pdf File: konosuba.pdf

Book Short Summary:

P.S. PLEASE LOOK FOR ME. With Serena’s sudden rise in popularity, Aqua’s insecurity sends her fleeing from town, leaving only a letter behind. If they no longer need their goddess, then Aqua won’t stay where she isn’t wanted! She’ll beat the Demon King by herself, save the world, and return to the heavenly realm! Little does she know, though, that the people of Axel are nothing without their beloved mascot—not that Kazuma plans to do anything about it. He’s only Level 1, after all. Oh, who is he kidding? With this latest development bringing him straight to the Demon King’s castle gates, it’s time for Kazuma to rally the troops, power-level like never before to awaken his hidden potential, and get his goddess back!

The Dread of Difference

By Barry Keith Grant
  • File : Pdf, ePub, Mobi, Kindle
  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Book Code : 1477302425
  • Total of Pages : 560
  • Category : Performing Arts
  • Members : 624
  • Pdf File: the-dread-of-difference.pdf

Book Short Summary:

"The Dread of Difference is a classic. Few film studies texts have been so widely read and so influential. It's rarely on the shelf at my university library, so continuously does it circulate. Now this new edition expands the already comprehensive coverage of gender in the horror film with new essays on recent developments such as the Hostel series and torture porn. Informative and enlightening, this updated classic is an essential reference for fans and students of horror movies."—Stephen Prince, editor of The Horror Film and author of Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality "An impressive array of distinguished scholars . . . gazes deeply into the darkness and then forms a Dionysian chorus reaffirming that sexuality and the monstrous are indeed mated in many horror films."—Choice "An extremely useful introduction to recent thinking about gender issues within this genre."—Film Theory