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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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Visualising Video Palace: The Sound of Monstrosity

The podcast Video Palace is an intriguing text through which to examine monstrous embodiment, as the presence, texture, and appearance of its monsters is reconceptualised through sound alone.  This paper will demonstrate how Video Palace uses what could be considered “bad” noise, such as distortion, glitches, and interference, to assist the audience in their visualisation …

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What are Little Girls Made of? The Monstrous-Feminine Child in Frances Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song

Barbara Creed’s (1993) concept of the monstrous-feminine is widely used to explore sexism in speculative media. Creed’s focus on reproduction and sexual desire means explorations of the monstrous-feminine have centred on attitudes to young women and adults, even in children’s fiction. However, Wilkie-Stibbs (2006) notes children are also abjected in children’s literature, while Daniel (2006) …

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Shapeshifting and the ‘monstrous feminine’: exploring the experience of the sick woman through the figure of the lycanthrope

This paper will investigate the extent to which the embodied experience of chronic illness can be explored through the shapeshifting figure of the therianthrope. Expanding on Julia Kristeva’s theory of the abject, I will unravel how the body of the sick woman ‘strays on the territories of animal’ in order to consider how this collapse …