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‘Othering’

Representing something different to ‘us’… something that opposes the ‘norm’


(a supposed representation of)

The Cannibal King

The Wonders of the World, 1885 Central Africa.

The author writes he met a women who was carrying the thigh of a human body, just as if she was returning from market with a roast And describes how the natives believed the explorer Du Chaillu to be a God. The picture and description demonstrate all the common tropes of African ethnography, the natives Are always tattooed, cannibals, Sexually depraved and always view the European explorers as gods.


(a supposed representation of)

The Cannibal King

The Wonders of the World, 1885 Central Africa.

The author writes he met a women who was carrying the thigh of a human body, just as if she was returning from market with a roast And describes how the natives believed the explorer Du Chaillu to be a God. The picture and description demonstrate all the common tropes of African ethnography, the natives Are always tattooed, cannibals, Sexually depraved and always view the European explorers as gods.


An aggressive and dangerous tribe? More an interesting cultural difference, these tribes feared the white skin as they’d never seen it before.


Some tribes were quite small, or lived in lands that had huge wonderous and dangerous creatures. Pictures, like film, are polysemic


Some tribes were quite small, or lived in lands that had huge wonderous and dangerous creatures. Pictures, like film, are polysemic


OMG propaganda


Frankenstein (Written by Mary Shelly, London, 1818)


Nosferatu 1921 Unauthorised version of the novel: (Dracula, Bram Stoker, 1897)


Dracula (1931)


Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Francis Ford Coppola, 1992)


An Interview With A Vampire, 1994


True Blood and Twilight


Questions:  What features, behaviour or attributes does a vampire have? Write a list and next to it two columns, one for The Omega Man, the other, I am Legend. Trait Killed by… Wears… Lives etc…

The Omega Man

I am Legend

Intro to Othering and Vampires  

Representing something different to ‘us’… something that opposes the ‘norm’ ‘Othering’