2017 . First Semester
  Anglo-American Literature and the Monster



Aristotle on the generation of monsters
Augustine on evil and on the monstrous races of men.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Teratology at Wikipedia
A Telling of Wonders: Teratology in Western medicine through 1800


Anglo-Saxon History from BBC
British History from BBC
Anglo Saxon Britain, Viking raids, and the Norman invasion
Anglo-Saxon Living History 400-900 AD
Year without a Summer – the climate conditions that may have helped Mary Shelley and John Polidori write their tales
How To Be A Monster: Life Lessons From Lord Byron – on the Byron-Polidori relationship

Literary Periods

Postmodernism denounced as dead by Terry Eagleton.
Post-postmodernism defined at Wikipedia, expanded at Rum&Monkey, defended as a cure for postmodernism Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Authors and Texts

Anonymous – Beowulf

First page of Beowulf
Beowulf read by Seamus Heaney
Beowulf at the British Library
Never Mind Grendel. Can Beowulf Conquer the 21st-Century Guilt Trip?

John Milton –Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost at The John Milton Reading Room – hypertext
darkness visible – a resource site
Paradise Lost Study Guide – plenty of help
Paradise Lost Audiotexts – downloadable

Jonathan Swift – Gulliver's Travels
"The diminutive insect: Gulliver’s Travels, Original Sin and the imagery of size"

Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature
Mary Shelley and Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein – A Frankenstein FAQ
Books, films, and plays about Frankenstein
The Monster That Wouldn’t Die – why Hollywood never seems to get tired of the Frankenstein myth

Edward B. Tylor – Primitive Culture
Review by Alfred Russell Wallace

John Gardner – Grendel
The Grendex – An Index to Gardner's book
Brothers Judd's review of Grendel
Beauty and the Beastly – Review of the opera version

Lesley Fiedler – Freaks
Tod Browning's Freaks Online – the movie at the origin of the book

A Love of Monsters: Gargoyles and Architectural Details in New York City


Seminar presentation


Updated 29-mar-17

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