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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 ...

Welcoming the Monstrous: Arrivant
Welcoming the monstrous: Arrivant

Throughout my project to reclaim the notion of vulnerability and its relation to the embodiment of difference, I have, by and large, concurred with the assaults made on humanism by recent continental philosophy, and by postmodernist cultural studies. The radical critique of humanist certainties is never without its risks, however, and the anxious and nostalgic question of what is to replace, what can replace, the securely embodied and autonomous subject has become increasingly insistent. Is there, after all, some way that anti-humanism, and the vertigo of the deconstructive abyss, might be averted not only by reconstituting value, but by reinstating the centrality of the human? To the extent that my own project is an ethical one, the question ...

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