Our Old Monsters: Witches, Werewolves and Vampires from Medieval Theology to Horror Cinema (Paperback)

Our Old Monsters: Witches, Werewolves and Vampires from Medieval Theology to Horror Cinema By Brenda S. Gardenour Walter Cover Image
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The witch, the vampire and the werewolf endure in modern horror. These "old monsters" have their origins in Aristotle as studied in the universities of medieval Europe, where Christian scholars reconciled works of natural philosophy and medicine with theological precepts. They codified divine perfection as warm, light, male and associated with the ethereal world beyond the moon, while evil imperfection was cold, dark, female and bound to the corrupt world below the moon. All who did not conform to divine goodness--including un-holy women and Jews--were considered evil and ascribed a melancholic, blood hungry and demonic physiology. This construct was the basis for anti-woman and anti-Jewish discourse that has persisted through modern Western culture. Nowhere is this more evident than in horror films, where the witch, the vampire and the werewolf represent our fear of the inverted other.

About the Author


Brenda S. Gardenour Walter is an associate professor of history at the Saint Louis College of Pharmacy with research interests in the role of Aristotelian discourse, learned medicine, scholastic theology and the continued influence of medieval otherness on the horror genre. She lives in Saint Louis, Missouri.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780786476800
ISBN-10: 078647680X
Publisher: McFarland & Company
Publication Date: July 22nd, 2015
Pages: 252
Language: English