Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques

Monstrosity and Religion in Europe and the United States

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Michael E. Heyes
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , August
     296 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Kelly Murphy forthcoming.


Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques examines the intersection of religion and monstrosity in a variety of different time periods in the hopes of addressing two gaps in scholarship within the field of monster studies. The first part of the volume—running from the medieval to the Early Modern period—focuses upon the view of the monster through non-majority voices and accounts from those who were themselves branded as monsters. Overlapping partially with the Early Modern and proceeding to the present day, the contributions of the second part of the volume attempt to problematize the dichotomy of secular/religious through a close look at the monsters this period has wrought.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Michael E. Heyes is Assistant Professor of Religion at Lycoming College.


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