Monsters are fragmentary, uncertain, frightening creatures. What happens when they enter the realm of the theatre?
The Monster in Theatre History explores the cultural genealogies of monsters as they appear in the recorded history of Western theatre. From the Ancient Greeks to the most cutting-edge new media, Michael Chemers focuses on a series of `key' monsters, including Frankenstein's creature, werewolves, ghosts, and vampires, to reconsider what monsters in performance might mean to those who witness them.
This volume builds a clear methodology for engaging with theatrical monsters of all kinds, providing a much-needed guidebook to this fascinating hinterland.
Michael Chemers is an Associate Professor of Theater Arts at the University of California Santa Cruz, USA.
Foreword by Mike Carey Introduction: The Dramaturgy of Empathy Why Study Monsters? The Act of Fear The Monster as Surrogate Chapter One: Caliban's Legacy How to Hunt Monsters: The Seven Theses for the Stage Chapter Two: Prometheus the Thief Monstrous Transgressions Regarding Parenting The Modern Prometheus Chapter Three: Presumption "-----" The Prerogative of God Chapter Four: The Vampire Trap Back from the Dead The Rise of Ruthven Angels of Hell Wicked Souls, Wise Purposes The Love that is Death The Haemosexual Agenda Chapter Four: Toys Are Us The Uncanny The Jew's Monster Golem on the Pulpit An Angel Come Too Late The Technolegacy of the Golem Chapter Six: Boo Phantom History Who's There? The Spectre of War Aristotle, Revenant The Romantic Geist Chapter Seven: Hairey Betwixt The Werewolf Problem Horrifying Transformations Lupus Est Homo Conclusion Defense Against the Dark Art