California State University, Fullerton

03/08/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 03/08/2018 20:47

Understanding Romance From ‘The Shape of Water’

Chelsea Reynolds, assistant professor of communications, offers a scholar's perspective on 'The Shape of Water' and earlier 'monster-meets-girl' movies. Conflicts regarding the Oscar-winning film revolve around the interspecies romance.

'The movie appeals to contemporary audiences because it presents a smart critique of hetero-patriarchy and surveillance culture in a fantastical form,' said Reynolds. 'Guillermo del Toro asks us to consider whether we're really all in this together or not.'

Monster stories, Reynolds explained, 'can sometimes serve as allegories, but other times as expressions of our fantasies and phobias.' Continue reading in Mashable.