Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Humanities

First Advisor

Dr. Annjeanette Wiese

Abstract

Monsters are a universal phenomenon in human cultures, signifying the human social memory of predators as well as the human need for certain societal boundaries. The dragon is a monster that is almost universally portrayed in human societies around the world. The Chinese dragon, in particular, represents an anomaly in the studies of dragons, in that it embodies a beast of benevolence rather than malignance. However, the Chinese dragon still symbolizes the human desire for power and our fascination with danger, placing it firmly within the scope of monster theory and analysis.

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