mythic creatures in the precise LÚvi-Straussian sense: a figures of liminality
or in-betweens, monsters, like the structures of myth circumscribing
them, are at the same
time charged with the insoluble task of resolving real social contrdictions
and with the function of inventing symbolic solutions to imaginary contradictions." M.
Uebel, "Unthinking the Monster: Twelfth-Century Responses to Saracen Alterity." In,
J.J. Cohen, Editor, Monster Theory. Minneapolis, MN., 1996. p.266.