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Choice, a publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, has given Asa Simon Mittman and Peter Dendle’s edited volume, The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, a rating of “highly recommended”—one of the best reviews Choice bestows.
And what’s not to revere about a book dedicated entirely to the creatures of darkness, the mythical and fantastical beasts, those legends of folklore, tearing through history, through culture and onto the pages of some of our favorite pieces of literature—Shelley’s Frankenstein, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Rowling’s Harry Potter. But this is not just a whimsical recounting of those “house-hold” known beasts that haunt our dreams, live under our beds or scare our children. No, this volume is a platform for the field of monsters studies to break open and expand our understanding of “monsters and the monstrous” beyond our understanding of such common and stereotypical horrors such as the Boogey Man.
This compilation of multi-disciplinary essays is a comprehensive guide to the study of monsters and the monstrous from historical, regional and thematic perspectives. As Professor Lorraine Daston, Director of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Germany, asserted, this collection illustrates the varying ways that cultures throughout time have used monsters to better understand their own humanity.
And it is for all these reasons that Choice has taken notice. Choice states that The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous is a:
…thought-provoking volume provid[ing] a fascinating overview of monsters in a variety of social and academic contexts…expands on previous research…while offering exciting new findings from throughout the world of monsters… Useful for undergraduate and graduate seminars and as a resource for advanced scholars. Highly Recommended (Choice, November 2012).
About the Editors: Asa Simon Mittman is Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, California State University, Chico, USA and Peter Dendle is Associate Professor, Department of English, Pennsylvania State University, Mont Alto, USA
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