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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 ...

The Self's Clean and Proper Body
The self's clean and proper body

In order to shed more light on the predicament of the monstrous in western thought, my purpose in this chapter is to investigate further the precarious place of the body, and to bring it into relation with dominant conceptions of the self. During the last few years, both feminist scholarship and postmodernist philosophy have opened up afresh an interest in monstrous corporeality that moves far beyond a well-established clinical concern – where therapeutic modification is the major issue – to an altogether more discursive reading. Like the well-established configuration of matter and mother, to which it is also supplemental in the Derridean sense, the monstrous is somehow both excessive to and yet, as I ...

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