This paper compares several ways of socio-political interpretation of monster-metaphors: if “classical” critical theory understands monsters as deformed images of social antagonisms, the postmodern ethics of representation demands an undistorted portrayal of their victims. The article also discusses some modifications of the monstrous imaginary in contemporary popular culture, from the “humanisation” of monsters in TV series Star Trek and True Blood to the transformation of the metaphor for proletariat from Frankenstein’s monster to zombies.

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