Monstrosity as Resistance: Rethinking Trans Embodiment beyond the Rhetoric of the Wrong Body.

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While the production of monsters through political and cultural discourses has never been as dominant as now, the method through which this phenomenon is analysed often remains engulfed in comparative demystifications that reduce it to categorical transgression, with the common result of articulating monstrosity as mere construction of the other. Such other-than location deprives monsters of reality, and condemns them to existing only in the realm of not-being, always defined through what they are not. This article challenges the idea of monstrosity as transgression and uses the narrative of the ‘wrong body’ commonly associated with transgender embodiment as a conceptual framework to argue for a an ontology of monstrosity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCulture, Theory and Critique
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Jun 2021

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