Monstrosity and Love in The Shape of Water

Myth Reading Group
Wednesday 14 November 2018
5.00 – 6.30 pm
Room NTC.2.05

Eirini Apanomeritaki and Stefanie Savva will introduce this week’s discussion on Monstrosity and Love in The Shape of Water (2017).


A scene from “The Shape of Water,” featuring Doug Jones and Sally Hawkins. Credit Fox Searchlight Pictures.

In his latest movie, The Shape of Water (2017), Guillermo del Toro narrates the story of how a janitor in a top-secret facility falls in love with a creature in captivity. Making links with the tale of Cupid and Psyche, this session will explore the theme of dangerous curiosity and how the interactions between humans and creatures can assist in negotiating love, disability and death. Del Toro invites us to consider our understanding of monstrosity by re-imagining stories of beauties and beasts through the lens of the Cold War era.

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