The Monstrous and the Marvelous

The Monstrous and the Marvelous

by Rikki Ducornet

Published by: City Lights Publishers

Imprint: City Lights Publishers

144 Pages, 6.00 x 8.00 x 0.40 in

  • Paperback
  • 9780872863545
  • Published: January 2001


With the great Renaissance voyages to the New World came the popularity of Wunderkammern, or cabinets of wonders, in which newly discovered monsters and marvels could be displayed. Like such a cabinet, this collection of essays surveys the monstrous and the marvelous—as transmuted in the alembic of Rikki Ducornet's open-hearted vision—in literature, art and film. For her, excess anomaly, and heterodoxy entice the imagining mind to embrace "otherness," enlarge the world and regenerate Eden.