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5:30pm Queer and Monstrous

February 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The concept of a monster is something that is held at the intersection of many discourses. It’s weaved its way through cultural history through many folklores, mythologies and legends.  According to Rosi Braidotti:

“The peculiarity of the […] monster is that s/he is both Same and Other. The monster is neither a total stranger or completely familiar; s/he exists in an in-between zone. I would express this as a paradox: the monstrous other is both liminal and structurally central to our perception of normal human subjectivity.”

Although there are multiple imaginations of a “monster;” it is always a coded sign of difference and a containment of fear-inducing qualities. In a way by transgressing certain boundaries, monsters queer the notion of identity. This reading group looks four novels to discuss how the concept of monstrosity intersect with queerness and queer theory.

For more information please contact Subhanya Sivajothy: subhanya@gmail.com

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 Time: 17:30 – 18:30

Location: IPLAI

Texts for discussion: Sexing the Cherry by Jeannette Winterson




February 14, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


3610 McTavish, 2nd floor
Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 Canada
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