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5:30pm Queer and Monstrous

January 24, 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, January 24, 2017  Time: 17:30 – 18:30

Location: IPLAI

Texts for discussion: “Non-White Reproduction and Same-Sex Eroticism: Queer Acts against Nature” by Andil Gosine, Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson




January 24, 2017
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


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