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Monstrosity by Alexa Wright - Paperback
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Monstrosity by Alexa Wright - Paperback

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Hobbies
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9781780763361.0
Author
Alexa Wright
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I B Tauris
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    From the 'Monster of Ravenna' to the 'Elephant Man', Myra Hindley and Ted Bundy, the visualization of 'real', human monsters has always played a part in how society sees itself. But what is the function of a monster? Why do we need to embody and represent what is monstrous? This book investigates the appearance of the human monster in Western culture, both historically and in our ...

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    ISBN
    9781780763361.0
    Item EAN
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    Author
    Alexa Wright
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    Publisher
    I B Tauris
    Category Type
    Hobbies
    ISBN
    9781780763361.0
    Item EAN
    2724300877787
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    Author
    Alexa Wright
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    I B Tauris
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      From the 'Monster of Ravenna' to the 'Elephant Man', Myra Hindley and Ted Bundy, the visualization of 'real', human monsters has always played a part in how society sees itself. But what is the function of a monster? Why do we need to embody and represent what is monstrous? This book investigates

      From the 'Monster of Ravenna' to the 'Elephant Man', Myra Hindley and Ted Bundy, the visualization of 'real', human monsters has always played a part in how society sees itself. But what is the function of a monster? Why do we need to embody and represent what is monstrous? This book investigates the appearance of the human monster in Western culture, both historically and in our contemporary society. It argues that images of real (rather than fictional) human monsters help us both to identify and to interrogate what constitutes normality, we construct what is acceptable in humanity by depicting what is not quite acceptable. By exploring theories and examples of abnormality, freakishness, madness, otherness and identification, Alexa Wright demonstrates how monstrosity and the monster are social and cultural constructs. However, it soon becomes clear that the social function of the monster however altered a form it takes remains constant, it is societal self defense allowing us to keep perceived monstrosity at a distance. Through engaging with the work of Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva and Canguilhem (to name but a few) Wright scrutinizes and critiques the history of a mode of thinking. She reassesses and explodes conventional concepts of identity, obscuring the boundaries between what is 'normal' and what is not.

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    • Binding : Paperback
    • Language of Text : English
    • Publication Year : 2013
    • Number of Pages : 256
    • ISBN : 9781780763361
 

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