Fecundity: the Popular Novel in Nineteenth-century spain." Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, vol.
"Invisible Monsters: Vision, Horror, and Contemporary Culture." The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstruous
, edited by Asa Simon Mittman and Peter J.
John Knox's anonymously published pamphlet The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstruous
Regiment of Women (1558) must be seen in this context, as the initial lines of the text clearly illustrate: "Promover a una mujer a que ejerza gobierno, superioridad, dominio o mando sobre cualquier reino, nacion o ciudad es repugnante a la naturaleza, contumelia a Dios, una cosa bien contraria a su voluntad revelada y a su mandato aprobado, y finalmente es la subversion del buen orden, de toda equidad y justicia" (126).
Poe's deviant (perverse) characters fulfill an adjusting function as they illustrate a Gothic tradition that "presents human difference as monstruous
, and then, paradoxically, subverts the categories of exclusion to argue for the humanity of the monster" (Anolik 2010: 2), alluring the reader in a first person narrative of vulnerable confession.
For example, in his now infamous attack on female rule, First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstruous
Kegiment of Women, John Knox claimed that:
Thus, we get to witness monstruous
alterities created within one's own civilization, as Andreas Breivik's case, in Norway.
The theory of a "monstruous
mother," Nerenberg contends, reaffirmed the traditional image of the mother figure destabilized by filicide.
And no lesse monstruous
is the bodie of that Common welth, where a Woman beareth empire.