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CFP: Monsters and the Monstrous Journal: Volume 3, Number 2, Themed Issue on Monstrous Beauty and the Beauty of Monstrosity
full name / name of organization:
Dr. Rob Fisher/ Inter-Disciplinary.Net
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.)
Submissions for this Issue are required by Friday 6th September 2013 at the latest.
We also invite submission to our review section on current fiolms and books and also our special feature 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.
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:
Submissions E-Mail Address: email@example.com.