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Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity: The Birth of the Monster in Literature, Film ...

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Unnatural Reproductions and Monstrosity:


Our Monstrous Ways

Brandy Schillace and Andrea Wood

Monstrosity always unites monstrous form with monstrous meaning.

—Judith Halberstam, Skin Shows

Fear of the archaic mother turns out to be essentially fear of her generative power.

—Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror

Woman’s birth-giving function has provided the horror film with an important source of many of its most horrific images—its intra-uterine iconography, the parthenogenetic mother, evocations of the uncanny and images of alien births.

—Barbara Creed, The Monstrous-Feminine

Monsters continue to fascinate—as well as to plague and haunt imaginations. The psychic landscape is peopled with them; the social fabric is woven of them. This persistent, paradoxical repulsion and fascination