Bethany College Dr. Marcus Hensel, Assistant Professor of English, Communications, and Theatre recently published “Classic Readings on Monster Theory: Demonstrare, Volume One”” and “Primary Sources on Monsters: Demonstrare, Volume Two” with Arc Humanities Press. Collecting the literature of the monstrous, these volumes offer critical essays on monster theory.

“These two volumes gather a wide range of readings and sources to enable us to see and understand what monsters show us about what it means to be human,” Dr. Hensel said. “The first volume introduces important modern theorists of the monstrous. It is intended to provide interpretive tools and strategies to use to grapple with the primary sources in the second volume, which brings together some of the most influential and indicative monster narratives from the West. Taken together, these volumes allow us to witness the multi-millennium strategies the West has articulated, weaponized, and deployed to exclude, disempower, and dehumanize a range of groups and individuals within and without its porous boundaries.”

A comprehensive and timely collection of the work that founded monster studies, this two volume reader articulates the history of monster studies.