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Airas, C. (2015). On beasts and monsters. Scand. Psychoanal. Rev., 38(2):102-108.

(2015). Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, 38(2):102-108

On beasts and monsters

Christel Airas

The paper discusses different well-known imagined monsters. Starting with the fairy tale and the films on The Beauty and the Beast (La Belle et la Bête), hidden meanings from several psychodynamically valid perspectives are proposed with the aim of finding out what makes this story so popular and everlasting. Projected demons or impulses in Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are are discussed as well as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and his monster who are presented and connected to facts in this author’s life. In the summary links to psychoanalytic thinking are proposed.

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