Description - Embodying the Monster by Margrit Shildrick
Embodying the Monster explores ideas of bodily: * monstrosity * vulnerablity * normality * perfection The book examines the ideologies surrounding these perceptions and considers what this tells us about ourselves. Margrit Shildrick argues that the response to the monstrous body has always been ambivalent. In trying to look at it from the basis of what is normal, we create the impossibility of realizing a fully developed, invulnerable self. Shildrick calls upon us to rethink the monstrous, not as an abnormal category, but as a condition of attractiveness. She demonstrates how this involves an exploration of relationships between bodies and embodied selves, and a revising the phenomenology of the body.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Margrit Shildrick
My long term research interests have focused on the body and particularly on the notion of the anomalous body, whether that relates to sex and gender, to disability, to ageing, or to cyborgs. At present I am working on an international project exploring the phenomenology of heart transplant recipients. My approach has always been broadly postmodernist - or at least poststructuralist - and strongly influenced by the ongoing development of feminist theory and of postconventional bioethics. For many years I have done collaborative work on disability, and the area of Critical Disability Studies has more recently become a sharper focus of research. I have recently finished a new book (Dangerous Discourses) which brings together many of my existing interests as well as extending them into legal theory, queer theory and even psychoanalysis. I hope that any students (or intending students) pursuing dissertations or theses in any of those fields will get in contact.