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 5, Number 1 (Summer 2015), Fairy Tale Monsters / Monstrous Fairy Tales
This special issue of the Monsters and the Monstrous Journal proposes to discuss the ideas of fairy tale monsters and monstrous fairy tales and explore how fairy tale monsters are defined, (re)created and (re)visioned.
Contemporary popular culture has seen the fairy tale genre expand to include elements of paranormal romance by mixing with more traditional supernatural monsters (eg. vampires, werewolves, etc.), become re-energized with teenaged iterations of classic characters (Monster High, Ever After High), and perseverate as a space of both invention and intervention.
Indeed, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which has often been categorised as a fairy tale; Carroll himself specifically identified Through the Looking-Glass as “a fairy-tale” in the poem he wrote as an epigraph for that book.
- Redefining, revisioning fairy tale monsters: mashups, redeeming the “monster,” and retellings (Once Upon a Time, Maleficent, Sleepy Hollow; Neil Gaiman, Angela Carter, etc.)
- (Re)interpretations of fairy tales through the political, socio-cultural, (dis)abilities and sexual canon (eg. Liminality, deviance, inhumanity, witches, etc.)
- Monstrous fairy tales: violence, cannibalism, rape
- Disneyfication of the fairy tale: Who is the real villain?
- New vs. Old fairy tale heroes/heroines
- New vs. Old fairy tale villains, monsters
- East vs. West fairy tales (eg. Grimm and the use of non-western storylines; manga)
- Urban legends and the fairy tale (eg. La Llorona, the boogeyman, the Wolf as pedophile, etc.)
- Young adult fiction rewriting the fairy tale and its monsters (eg. Jackson Pearce, Lily Archer, Maggie Stiefvater, Francesca Lia Block etc.)
- Fractured fairy tales, parodies and mash-ups: monsters revisited (eg. Marissa Meyer, Cornelia Funke, Danielle Page, etc.)
- Fairy tales, popular romance and erotica: sexual deviance, non-heteromative revisions; challenging the status quo (eg. Anne Rice, Alison Tyler, Eloisa James, etc.)
- Fairy tales and Hollywood (eg. Tim Burton, Matthew Bright, etc.)
- Visual fairy tales: opera, ballet, musicals (eg. Wicked)
- Monstrous teenage legacies: “Monster High” and “Ever After High”
- The metaliterary use of fairy tales and/or pedagogical uses of fairy tale monsters
We are also looking for film and book reviews on any theme related to the idea of Monsters and the Monstrous. All materials reviewed should have been published or released within two years of the journal issue they are submitted to. Any queries, please contact the editor at the email below.
Submissions for this Issue are required by Friday 26th June 2015 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. All images, artworks and photographs need to have the appropriate copyright permissions before being sent in.
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.
~ poetry, prose, short stories can be any length but not exceed 7,000 words.
~ articles should be between 4,000 – 7,000 words long
~ reflections, reports and responses should be 1,500 – 3,000 words long
~ book and film reviews should be between 500 and 1,500 words long
All submissions should include a short biography (100-150 words) that will be included with the to be included submission if accepted. Please 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 word template for this may be found here: Download Journal Template File (Word Document).
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.