Sharla [Graphic Designer]. "Monsters of the USA: A Crptozoological Map," Daily InfoGraphic, 2016, www.dailyinfographic.com/monsters-of-the-usa. Accessed on 4 Oct. 2018.
What cultural, social, religious or political events have influenced the popularity of monster culture?
How do zombie films reflect social or religious views?
What can superheroes teach us about humanity? About society?
What is the relationship between vampires and mortal destiny? Fear of dying?
Who is the monster in Frankenstein?
How does the novel Dracula respond to changing gender roles?
How are race and ethnicity dealt with in the Twilight series?
How does vampire literature reflect changing societal attitudes about sexuality?
Eg: Impact of Women's Rights Movement on Horror Films (This is a topic, not a search phrase!)
Better: Women and Horror; Feminism and Horror Films
Try different forms of your words:
Try more specific/advanced terms or concepts that you have learned
You may returnunexpected results, but keep trying revising the words and/or reducing the number of words.
You can Broaden: Instead of “soucouyant or soucriant” try “Caribbean mythology”
Or Narrow: Instead of Vampires try “Dracula” or other character
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Instead of: apocalyptic OR apocalypse
Try: *ploitation films
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"Night of the Living Dead"
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Type of material: books, scholarly, etc.
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