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  • Hardcover: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Kismet Press LLP (25 March 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 191280106X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1912801060
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 372 g
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This volume offers an exciting and innovative reflection on the current anxieties, challenges and dangers of our current global era by inviting us to ‘think through monsters’. This invocation points to looming unknowns, shape-shifting ambiguities, and decentering logics of fear and possibility which together facilitate new modes of intimate engagement with a range of issues such as colonial violence, environmental degradation, decline of the west, and the enduring pain of genocide. This is a beautiful, moving, timely and evocative collection.

— Eve Darian-Smith, Chair, Department of Global and International Studies, University of California Irvine, and co-author of The Global Turn and author of Laws and Societies in Global Contexts.

 

Monsters may be as old as human life (and our collective anxieties) and today they continue to stalk us — and fascinate us— in a time of technological transformation, inexorable globalisation, and political polarisation.  Investigating the creatures of contemporary popular culture as well as less-celebrated beasts from Australian folklore to war crimes tribunals, Monsters of Modernity explores our anxieties and obsessions through the monstrous imaginary of dark colonial legacies, the profound consequences of global warming, and the pervasive influence of state power and capitalism. Like monsters themselves, this volume is unconstrained and fearless, ranging across geographies and chronologies, breaking through traditional disciplinary boundaries, and challenging the conventions of staid academic writing.  Monsters of Modernity is a sophisticated, imaginative, provocative, and very welcome addition to the growing scholarly literature on the significance of our deep and enduring need for monsters.   

— William M. Tsutsui, President and Professor of History, Hendrix College, and author of Godzilla on My Mind and Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization.

 

This insightful and powerful book challenges us to learn from our monsters about ourselves and our past, and to face our increasingly uncertain future alongside them.

— Liz Gloyn, Senior Lecturer in Classics, Royal Holloway, University of London, and author of Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture and The Ethics of the Family in Seneca.

About the Author

Julian C.H. Lee is Associate Professor in Global Studies at RMIT University, Australia. He is the author of a number of books including Policing Sexuality: Sex, Society and the State; Second Thoughts: On Globalisation, Malaysia, Society and Self; and Women's Activism in Malaysia. He is also the editor or co-editor of several volumes including Narratives of Globalization; Punks, Monks and Politics: Authenticity in Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia; and Trajectories: Excursions with the Anthropology of E. Douglas Lewis. In addition to having been a columnist for magazines in Malaysia and Australia, he has also produced several short documentaries including 'For Japan, Our Sister'; 'Caring at a Distance'; and 'Be a Superhero'.

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