Dr Sam George

Amabie goes viral: The monstrous mercreature returns to battle COVID-19

Dr Sam George is an Associate Professor of Research working in the area of gothic studies and literature and folklore. This article interrogates Corona Gothic via Amabie, a Yōkai and mer-monster from Japan's Edo Period (1603-1868), who is being revived to ward off the COVID-19 virus in 2020. I argue that our understanding of crises is enhanced via the hybrid monsters they engender; here, Dr Sam George focuses on the viral spread of the apotropaic image of Amabie via the internet. She also positions Amabie as a Gothic artefact, though one which invites a revision of some of the approaches to monstrosity prevalent in Gothic studies.

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