Hybrid Creatures and Monstrous Reproduction: The Multifunctional Grotesque in Alien: Resurrection

Henriikka Huunan-Seppälä

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Huunan-Seppälä offers an original view on the relation between grotesque media imagery and society. Enlightening the needs the grotesque satisfies within the viewer, the chapter explores the variety of functions that grotesque monsters, bodies and violence perform within a representation. Through an analysis of a classic science fiction horror film, Alien: Resurrection (1997), Huunan-Seppälä demonstrates how grotesque imagery functions in dynamic interaction with cultural norms, taboos and ideals, redrawing the lines between what is considered as normal or abnormal, desirable or despicable. As discovered by the author, the grotesque may efficiently teach the valuation of otherness, incompleteness and humanity. The study of the grotesque may also enhance the ability to discern ideological meanings embedded in images.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArt, Excess, and Education
Subtitle of host publicationHistorical and Discursive Contexts
EditorsKevin Tavin, Mira Kallio-Tavin, Max Ryynänen
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-21828-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-21827-0
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Educational Futures
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


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