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'(A) consistently interesting and provocative work, which offers a great deal in seven chapters. It marks an innovative interdisciplinary approach to questions of embodiment and subjectivity' - Disability and Society 'This is an elegantly written book which has, as its main aim, to rethink the idea of difference in the western imaginary through a consideration of two themes: monsters and how these have come to define, but potentially to deconstruct, normality; and the whole idea of vulnerability and the vulnerable and the extent to which such a state is one that all of us are constantly in danger of entering … The theoretical and philosophical content - Derrida, Lacan, Foucault, Irrigaray, Butler, Levinas, and Haraway in particular - together with the range of empirical examples ...

Monstering the (M)Other
Monstering the (m)other

Given the postEnlightenment organisation of knowledge into a series of binaries that structure both the relationships between external elements and between ourselves and the world, it is important to look more critically at the place of the monstrous within that system. Far from being the absolute other and therefore effectively unknowable, the monster, however alien it may appear to human consciousness, is always encompassed by the order of self and other. As with all such constructions, however, the operation of sameness and difference disguises the intertextuality of the pair in which each is dependent on the other for definition, in terms both of meaning and of boundaries. The figure of the monster is particularly rich in binary associations, and, as ...

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