ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS, 29 (1/2022)
MONSTERS IN LITERATURE / LES MONSTRES DANS LA LITTÉRATURE / MONŞTRII ÎN LITERATURĂ
In his well-renowned collection of essays Sulle spalle dei giganti (2017) – On the Shoulders of Giants (2019, for the edition in English) – Umberto Eco interestingly points out that, unlike beauty, whose aesthetic judgment implies detachment, ugliness, on the other hand, sparks a passionate reaction of disgust
or repulsion. Moreover, he emphasizes that language itself
represents a means of conveying this kind of attitude as there are far more synonyms for ugly than for beautiful. Among them, the word monstrous stands out. It designates a concept that,
irrespective of the cultural traditions it has been related to,
carries an important feature: its duality − from antiquity to the present, humans have constantly felt and expressed both horror and fascination, lure and repugnance towards monsters, were they real or imaginary embodiments of terror, and the monstrous. Furthermore, the literal and the symbolic dimensions also speak for their dual nature. They transcend their
mythical and folk origins to become a multiuse cultural category employed in domains as diverse as biology, psychology, religion, literature, cinematography, art, and even politics.
MONSTERS IN LITERATURE, the theme we proposed for the 29th issue of AIC, has
particularly drawn the attention of specialists in humanities from various European, South American and African academic institutions, precisely due to its compelling cultural
versatility. Putting the concepts of monster and monstrosity into dialogue with a variety of literary works standing for different traditions and epochs, the sixteen articles gathered in this volume bring upfront substantial analyses that contemplate literature in its
connections to fields such as cultural / postcolonial / ethnic and racial or gender studies, as well as to mythology, philosophy, psychology, politics, or performing arts. The topics
addressed are various: while some of the contributors are engaged in tracing back the theme to traditional Persian poetry or Ovid’s Metamorphoses, others share an interest in accommodating narratives of the Gothic genre to postmodern interpretive approaches. Thus, demons, vampires, sea creatures, disabled or inhuman beings, along with phobias, fears and abnormal desires, all are running through the texts of the present issue, proving yet again that monsters not only can take the shape of terrifying fictional characters or physically hideous persons, but also that of nightmarish forces constantly living within us.
ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS 30 (2/2022), BOOKS AND BOOK WRITING IN LITERATURE/ LES LIVRES ET L’ÉCRITURE DES LIVRES DANS LA LITTÉRATURE/ CĂRŢILE ŞI SCRISUL CĂRŢILOR ÎN LITERATURĂ
The date of publication of the new issue:
Invitation to Publish
in ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS 31 (1/2023)
The deadline for the submission of articles and book reviews is March 25, 2023.
The e-publication of the AIC 31th issue is planned for June 25, 2023.
|NEW ACTA IASSYENSIA COMPARATIONIS
Special Issue 2021
REPRESENTATIONS OF INDIGENEITY
HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND ANTHROPOLOGY