Monday, 17 October 2011


Sorry Phil that it took me a while to get this introduction to you. Here is my final draft of my introduction. I know there’s room for improvement and would like to hear you’re insight on anything that needs changing, taking out or expanding on. Please and thank you.

Written Assignment Introduction Draft

Within my written assignment I will investigate the idea of man and animal therianthropy through cultural views and how it has taking its effect on society from accepting a beastly hybrid through many different forms of media and history.

The first source that I will use to evidence my assignment will be Franz Kafka’s “Die Verwandlung“, (1915) (German for “The Metamorphosis“) which is a short novel about a man who wakes up to find himself transformed into this monsterous insect hybrid and how he views his life from now on with this transformation. The second source will be from David Cronenbergs remake “The Fly“, (1986), which portrays a modern aspect of the orginal with a more gruesome and dramtic outcome around the time off when AIDs was a major issue to society. The other main source is about the psychological and mental side of metamorphosis about Hannibal Lecter and the comparison between mental and physical metamorphosis. To conlude this written assignment i will summerise and investigate these sources and more to show my agruement of the relation between metamorphosis through media.


  1. This assignment investigates therianthropy in culture, and specifically the examples of human to insect metamorphosis in Franz Kafka’s Die Verwandlung (1915), a short novel about a man who wakes up to find himself transformed into a monstrous insect hybrid, and David Cronenberg's The Fly (1986), which depicts a similar transformation in graphic detail...

    Okay Nick - firstly - NO FIRST PERSON when you write an academic assignment, remember! Also, writing about Hannibal Lecter is 'off message' because the brief asks you to consider human-to-animal transformation specifically. Remember to put your film titles in italics when you come to write your essay. It seems to me more generally that you need to identify more content for this, so be sure to refer to Ovid's poem (the legend of Ariadne) and also find and explore any other examples of insect to human change. This seems like a rich source of investigation, and you should really be talking about the 'symbolic' meaning of insects in transformation narratives - i.e. why does the idea revolt us so much?

  2. sorry - legend of Arachne - doh!