Arthur Paul Pattersons article Monsters
at the Margin analyzes the ambiguity of Frankensteins
Monster, humanizing him, and yet placing full responsibility on him for
his terrible response to what he considers unjust.
The status of the outsider is a constant theme in gothic literature. Fellow
Canadian and world-renowned expert on Dracula, Elizabeth Miller, has generously
contributed an excerpt from her book Refections on Dracula. She
follows the interwoven history and interpretation of two of the most famous
monsters of literary and popular culture in Dracula
Readings on Frankenstein, published by Greenhaven Press, combines
varied methods of interpretation, proving itself to be one of the best
introductions to Mary Shelleys monstrous tale we have encountered.
Lyle Penner reviews
what he considers an excellent combination of personal applications and
Men have a penchant for prometheanism, a particular affinity toward monstrous
ambitions. Arthur Paul Pattersons essay Passions
of Prometheus unearths the ground of that linkage between
men and monsters.
The monster theme has pervaded English literature from its inception with
Beowulf, the first epic poem. Grendel speaks afresh in John Gardners
classic retelling of the tale from the monsters perspective. Linda
Tiessen Wiebes response
shows how values of hope, courage and faith are still relevant in our
post-modern era despite our inclination to follow the voices of cynicism
Cal Wiebe (Father of Frankenstein),
Lorna Derksen (The
Strange Trial of Mr. Hyde), and our youngest reviewer, Erik
BFG), contribute to our Book Café, revealing the diversity
of monsters and how they make their impact from cinema through Jungian
psychology to childrens literature.
As for movies about monsters, Dave Berg reviews Mask,
a strange tale about how looking monstrous neednt obscure the beauty
of human character. William Shakespeares Titus Andronicus shows
how short the steps are between being a man of virtue and a monster consumed
with revenge. Linda Tiessen Wiebe reflects on the most recent rendition
of this story, Titus,
starring Anthony Hopkins.