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The Role of the Monster: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil

The Role of the Monster: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil

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Published by Markoff Chaney
The monster as metaphor presents and represents the unspeakable and takes us beyond what our imagination may permit, almost into the unimaginable realm. The role of the monster in myths, literature, culture, and the political and social realm is a worthy subject of academic study because of its ability to penetrate and transform. Susan Leigh Starr says of Monsters and Metaphors in the context of power, that: “metaphors may heal or create, erase or violate, impose a voice or embody more than one voice.” She also comments that metaphors have a function to bridge worlds. The combination of metaphors, monsters and bridging different worlds are an highly appropriate way to describe the third Global conference on Monsters and the Monstrous’, held in the Neoclassical surroundings of the Hotel Gellert on the banks of the Danube in Budapest in May 2005. The theme of this year’s conference (following from last year’s) was Myths and Metaphors of enduring Evil. This, and the previous two conferences form part of ongoing research in the project ‘Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness’ (www.wickedness.net).
The monster as metaphor presents and represents the unspeakable and takes us beyond what our imagination may permit, almost into the unimaginable realm. The role of the monster in myths, literature, culture, and the political and social realm is a worthy subject of academic study because of its ability to penetrate and transform. Susan Leigh Starr says of Monsters and Metaphors in the context of power, that: “metaphors may heal or create, erase or violate, impose a voice or embody more than one voice.” She also comments that metaphors have a function to bridge worlds. The combination of metaphors, monsters and bridging different worlds are an highly appropriate way to describe the third Global conference on Monsters and the Monstrous’, held in the Neoclassical surroundings of the Hotel Gellert on the banks of the Danube in Budapest in May 2005. The theme of this year’s conference (following from last year’s) was Myths and Metaphors of enduring Evil. This, and the previous two conferences form part of ongoing research in the project ‘Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness’ (www.wickedness.net).

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Published by: Markoff Chaney on Aug 05, 2011
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The Role of the Monster:Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil
 
 
Series Editors
 Dr Robert FisherDr Nancy Billias
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Dr Alejandro Cervantes-Carson Dr Peter Mario KreuterProfessor Margaret Chatterjee Martin McGoldrick Dr Wayne Cristaudo Revd Stephen MorrisMira Crouch Professor John ParryDr Phil Fitzsimmons Paul ReynoldsProfessor Asa Kasher Professor Peter TwohigOwen Kelly Professor S Ram VemuriRevd Dr Kenneth Wilson, O.B.EAn
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 ‘Monsters and the Monstrous’
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