Monsters and the Monstrous is a biannual peer-reviewed global journal that serves to explore the broad concept of ‘The Monster’ and ‘The Monstrous’ from a multifaceted interdisciplinary perspective. The journal publishes works that seek to investigate and assess the enduring influence and imagery of monsters and the monstrous on human culture throughout history. In particular, the journal has a dual focus with the intention of examining specific ‘monsters’ as well as evaluating the role, function and consequences of persons, actions or events identified as ‘monstrous’.
Current Call for Submissions
Volume 3, Number 2, Themed Issue on Monstrous Beauty and the Beauty of Monstrosity
Beauty, like Monstrosity, is a cultural construction framed by the fears, anxieties and aspirations of a particular time and place. Yet the configuration of both as tools of inclusion and/or exclusion position them more as sides of the same coin rather than Manichean opposites. This is clearly seen in the way that many monsters are often shown as beautiful, luring their victims into their dead embrace, just as Beauty itself is revealed as a cruel and thankless master/mistress, whose monstrous nature is hidden beneath a veneer of aesthetic perfection. Within this, of course, are also the ways that the Monster is itself shown to be beautiful, not necessarily for any exterior attributes, though this is sometimes the case, but for an inner, spiritual splendour that points to universal qualities beyond that of simple perception.
This special issue of the Monsters and the Monstrous journal will explore all facets of the ways that cultures, throughout time, have conflagrated the two concepts, to show the ways that the monstrous is truly beautiful and that beauty is the stuff of nightmares.
The Editors welcome contributions to the journal in the form of articles, reviews, reports, stories, poems and art and/or visual pieces on the following or related themes:
- Monsters that use beauty as a lure or trap (vamps, sirens, lamias etc.)
- Monster as non-normative beauty, and the beauty of the non-normative
- The Sublime and beauty to monstrous excess
- Beauty that leads to monstrous obsessions/actions (i.e. Narcissus, Dorian Gray, Snow White’s Evil Queen, Countess Bathory)
- The monster as a form of perfection/beauty (i.e. in films such as Alien, poetry of William Blake)
- Beauty that hides a monstrous ideology (i.e. in political poetry of Yeats)
- Beauty and the Beast: contradictions in the outer manifestation of an inner state
- Beauty as a commodity used for monstrous ends
- Beauty as human/man-made creation: body modification/enhancement, cosmetic surgery and skin art
- Queering beauty and the monstrous: Cultural and social monsters as forms of non-normative beauty
- Didactic lessons on beauty via narratives on monstrosity (i.e. fairy tales, myths)
- Genderisation of monstrous beauty
- Death and beauty
Submissions for this Issue are required by Friday 6th September 2013 at the latest.
Contributions to the journal should be original and not under consideration for other publications at the same time as they are under consideration for this publication. Submissions are to be made electronically wherever possible using either Microsoft® Word or .rtf format.
Contributions are also invited for future issues of the journal which will include: “Queering the Monster.”
We also invite submission to our special features on Non-English Language Book Reviews. Please mark entries for these topics with their respective headings.
All accepted articles, artworks and prose pieces will receive a free electronic version of the journal.
Articles – 5,000 – 7,000 words.
Reflections, reports and responses – 1,000 – 3,000 words.
Book reviews – 500 – 4,000 words.
Other forms of contributions such as artworks, photographs, poetry, prose and short stories are welcome.
In the case of visual work and images we ask that all copyrights to publication are either obtained or owned by the author/artist
Send submissions via e-mail using the following Subject Line:
‘Journal: Contribution Type (article/review/…): Author Surname’
Submissions E-Mail Address: ten.yranilpicsid-retninull@lanruojsretsnom
Submissions will be acknowledged within 48 hours of receipt.
All submissions should be formatted in accordance with the journal style sheets. A .pdf copy of these may be obtained from The Inter-Disciplinary Press web site: Go To Style Sheets
If accepted for publication, you will be provided with one opportunity to see a proof inspection copy of your submission. Only typographical or factual errors may be changed during proof checking stage. Revisions or addition to the text will not be possible.
All contributors will receive one complimentary PDF copy of the edition in which their submission appears. Camera-ready .pdf of prints will also be made available.