Published August 2011

monstrosity


Editorial

Editorial [pdf]


Articles

Monstrous Child: Rosamond Lehmann’s Wartime Writing [pdf]

Jessica Gilderseeve

Jessica Gildersleeve discusses Rosamond Lehmann’s short story “When the Waters Came” (1946), focusing on its representation of war, children, and writing. Drawing on psychoanalytic theories of anxiety, Gildersleeve argues that Lehmann’s story seeks to displace its own origins, problematically burying the monstrous child of war.


Adapting the Undead: Vampires, Fidelity Criticism, and Hammer Horror’s Dracula 1972 AD [pdf]

Carolyn Burns

While discussions of adaptation often focus on the issue of fidelity between an original and adapted text, Carolyn Burns argues for a more robust understanding of adaptation in which adapted texts bestow new meanings on their source material.


A Wild Shieldmaiden of the North: Éowyn of Rohan and Old Norse Literature [pdf]

Anna Wallace

Anna Wallace analyses the character of Éowyn in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, positioning itself against the claim that the trilogy is sexist. Wallace compares The Lord of the Rings with the shieldmaidens from Old Norse literature that partly inspired Tolkien’s trilogy, suggesting that the depiction of Éowyn is not motivated by sexism but a complex negotiation of history and gender.


Monsters, Daemons, and Devils: The Accusations of Nineteenth Century Vegetarian Writers [pdf]

Atilla Orel

Combining personal reflection with critical analysis, Atilla Orel articulates the difficulties of communicating vegetarian philosophy and politics to those with opposing views.


Excursions

The Literature of Monstrosity and the Monstrosity of Literature: Poetry and Paedophilia in Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita [pdf]

Daniel Wood

Daniel Wood explores the republication of Nabokov’s Lolita as a Popular Penguin, suggesting that the strategies with which the novel allies its readers with its seductive narrator are far more monstrous than its representations of paedophilia.


Strange Comforts: Bricolage for a Young Malcolm Lowry [pdf]

David Large

David Large reassembles snippets from various donor texts to evoke the monstrous spectre of influence on the act of creative composition. Large’s donor texts include Conrad Aiken’s “Blue Voyage”, Byron’s “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage” as read by Herman Melville, and Lowry’s letters, poetry and novels, adopting a similar method of appropriation to Lowry and producing a similar sense of unease.