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‘Monstrum Sum’: Intersectional Otherness in The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club Books (2017-2019)

Theodora Goss’s Athena Club series uses neo-Victorian monster mashup to interrogate contemporary identity politics. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017), the first book in the series, chronicles the adventures of the daughters of famous ‘mad scientists’ from Victorian literature, and their eventual formation of the …

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Embodiment, National Character, and the Politics of Representing Illness

Chinese literature has an extensive history of conflating illness and national infirmity, beginning with the “Sick Man of Asia” stereotype promulgated by the West after the country’s forced opening and internalized by Chinese authors and individuals in the following decades. Waging a war against germs, the rural-based CCP portrayed itself as wielder of modern scientific …

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Laughing at the Horror: Horror Films and the ‘Failed Carnival’

Carnival laughter is a significant feature of American horror films from the late 1970s onward which is often overlooked. In this paper I address this critical gap by developing the concept of ‘failed carnival’. The failed carnival takes elements from Mikhail Bakhtin’s idea of festive laughter and Linda Hutcheon’s theories on parody, elaborating them through …

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‘I Never Drink… Wine’ – Negotiating Consumption in Children’s Vampire Media

Long established as a relocation of sexual intercourse, the bloody feeding of the vampire is obviously its most iconic and embodied behaviour. How then do the authors and directors of the ever-popular children’s vampire story negotiate the clear inappropriateness of such consumption? Examining a range of recent television and film texts, such as Count Duckula, …

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You Are What They Eat: Anthropophagy in Alien Invasion Films of the 1980s

Following the release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), science fiction narratives focused on alien visitors to Earth become more popular and prolific than they had been since the 1950s. Invasion films experienced a particular resurgence, with many films borrowing their basic narratives from the science fiction films …

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The changeling’s story: The fantastic duplicity of queer bodies in Sci-Fi and fantasy fiction

Once I asked my father what he’d do if he found out I was a changeling. Without hesitating, he said “Kill you. Find my real daughter” This paper consists of a series of semi-autobiographical anecdotes, like the one above, interspersed with more direct analyses of the queerness and transhumanity of entities deemed non- or sub-human …