Monster Theory: Reading Culture by Jeffrey Jerome CohenWe live in a time of monsters. Monsters provide a key to understanding the culture that spawned them. So argue the essays in this wide-ranging and fascinating collection that asks the question, What happens when critical theorists take the study of monsters seriously as a means of examining our culture?
In viewing the monstrous body as a metaphor for the cultural body, the contributors to Monster Theory consider beasts, demons, freaks, and fiends as symbolic expressions of cultural unease that pervade a society and shape its collective behavior. Through a historical sampling of monsters, these essays argue that our fascination for the monstrous testifies to our continued desire to explore difference and prohibition.
Contributors: Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis U; David L. Clark, McMaster U; Frank Grady, U of Missouri, St. Louis; David A. Hedrich Hirsch, U of Illinois; Lawrence D. Kritzman, Dartmouth College; Kathleen Perry Long, Cornell U; Stephen Pender; Allison Pingree, Harvard U; Anne Lake Prescott, Barnard College; John ONeill, York U; William Sayers, George Washington U; Michael Uebel, U of Virginia; Ruth Waterhouse.
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Search for: Search. Date: March 20, Author: Professor Ramos. Monster Theory Thesis I. The Monster Stands at the Threshold. Thesis II. Monsters are always changing in culture, therefore, are always escaping.
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It embodies uncertainty, and appears at a point of indecision that can lead to many other places. No matter how many times we kill the monster, it reappears to haunt us, to draw attention to itself, to make us examine it within the contemporary social, cultural, and literary historical context. Cohen illustrates the idea by describing the myth of the vampire that reoccurs in history but transforming each time by reflecting the specific contemporary issue of the time it in which it reappears. In this sense, the monster is transcultural and transtemporal, whose appearance and interpretation are bound in a double act of construction and reconstitution. The monster is significant because whenever it reemerges, it warns us of an important social and cultural phenomenon that needs to be addressed. The monster, which appears at times of crisis, threatens to smash distinctions, problematizes the clash of extremes, questions the black and white binary mode of thinking, demands a radical rethinking of boundary and normality, and resists classification built on hierarchy.
Monster Theory: Reading Culture
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Speaking of Monsters pp Cite as. What i will propose here by way of a first foray, as entrance into this book of monstrous content, is a sketch of a new modus legendi : a method of reading cultures from the monsters they engender. In doing so, I will partially violate two of the sacred dicta of recent cultural studies: the compulsion to historical specificity and the insistence that all knowledge and hence all cartographies of that knowledge is local. Nonetheless, his methodology—his archaeology of ideas, his histories of unthought—remains with good reason the chosen route of inquiry for most cultural critics today, whether they work in postmodern cyberculture or in the Middle Ages. Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF. Skip to main content.