I had to share a photo of some of the goodies I got in my Monster Mash@owlcratejr
box this month because not only was it my favorite OwlCrate box so far but the theme was perfectly timed for me because on Friday I accepted a position to teach a undergraduate course I designed called Media Monsters this fall! The Where the Wild Things Are inspired tote bag from @aclaussdesign
is the perfect accessory for teaching this course and the mini fruity scented monster markers from @weareooly
and book monster bookmark from @melaniedemmer
will be really useful as I do my course prep this summer. Below is the description of my course if you want to get to know a bit more about what I do when I am not reading, cooking and posting photos on here.
Media Monsters examines the cultural figure of the monster in film and television across genres, including horror, science-fiction, fantasy and exploitation. It considers the social significance and function of the monster as a construction that speaks to the fears and anxieties of its cultural moment. Monsters are imagined Others who are defined by their difference and deviation from constructions of normality. They occupy liminal spaces and threaten the conventional cultural boundaries and categories (for example, normal/deviant, natural/supernatural, primitive/civilized, male/female, human/nonhuman). As such, this course will consider monstrosity in relation to categories of difference including gender, race, sexuality, and disability. We will explore the simultaneous attraction and repulsion we feel toward the monster as we analyze the meanings of specific monsters and how they have changed over time.