Monstrous Ontologies: Politics, Ethics, Materiality

Caterina Nirta (Editor), Andrea Pavoni (Editor)

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This book captures the current socio-cultural and political ‘monstrous’ zeitgeist, by providing an original approach which offers a novel theoretical and critical reading of the contemporary interest and preoccupation with monsters and monstrosity. This is done by challenging the current approach to the question of monsters and monstrosity, which for the most part reduces monstrosity to an epistemological constructs to be demystified via critical tools. While certainly recognising the necessity to challenge the current ‘use’ of monsters within political and media discourse around immigrants, terrorism, security, race, and so on; we argue that this move also reduces the material power of monstrosity, in favour of more generalised and all-encompassing idea of transgression which is simultaneously deconstructed qua cynical strategy of othering; or exalted qua liberating practice of resistance. It is here that lies the conceptual and strategic originality of the chapters constituting this book.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, New York
PublisherVernon Press
Number of pages255
ISBN (Print)978-1-62273-890-8
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • Monster
  • Monstrosity
  • Ethics
  • materiality
  • Difference
  • Politics

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