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Volume 4: 2017 (Monsters)

Within our fourth issue of the Digital Literature Review, we engage with monster texts and examine the cultures that brought these beings to life. From ancient myths to contemporary texts, monsters find their way into human spaces and force us to question why we project our fears onto physical beings of our own creation.

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Cultural Histories:

Villainy and Women: A Critical Edition of James Baldwin’s “The Quest of Medusa’s Head”
Cassandra Grosh, Noah Patterson, and Maggie Weeks-Foy

The Sociocultural Feminist Implications of “Rumpelstiltskin” by the Brothers Grimm
Emily Barsic, Emma Hartman, and Alexis Lawhorn

The Cultural Significance of “Jack and the Beanstalk”
Aidan S. McBride, KJ Ross-Wilcox, and Madeline M. H. Grosh

The Fate of a Materialistic Buddhist: A Cultural Edition of “Jikininki” by Lafcadio Hearn
Natali Cavanagh, Sarah James, and Shannon Walter


Africa Speaks?: Black Monsters and Revisionary History in Horror Films
Arlette Hernandez

Tradition vs. Innovation and the Creatures in Spirited Away
Emma Hartman

Toxicity in Themes of Control: An Anlysis of the Anglo-Western Cancer Rhetoric in A Monster Calls
Natali Cavanagh

The Cinematic Killer: Cameras and Peeping Tom
Madison Wilde

Monstrous Women: Exploring Historical Witchcraft and Its Presence in The Witch
Noah Patterson

Predator vs. Prey: The Human Monstrosity in Attack on Titan
Emily Griffis

Zombies Say More Than “Uungh”: A Walker’s Social Commentary
Shannon Walter

“Who Killed The World?”: Monstrous Masculinity and Mad Max
Kathryn Hampshire