Frankenstein, Monster Culture

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Monster Culture
Jeffrey Cohen
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The monster exists
only to be read
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The monster's ability to threat
lives in its ability to shift
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The monster always escapes
because it refuses easy categorisation
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The monster is a form
ready to smash distinctions
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The dialectical other
the monster is difference made flesh
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Monsters are never created ex nihilo
They are from recombinations - especially of marginalised social groups
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The monster seeks out its creator
to find its raison d'etre
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Every monster is a double narrative
one describing monster's creation, other its cultural purpose
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The monster's destructiveness is really a deconstructiveness
which threatens to reveal that difference originates in process not fact
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The monster is transgressive
because it is too sexual
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Fear of the monster
is really a kind of desire
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The monster is continually linked to forbidden practices
to normalise and enforce
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The monster stands
at the threshold of becoming
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We push the monster back
it comes back with self-knowledge - more human than human
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Card 2

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The monster exists

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only to be read

Card 3

Front

The monster's ability to threat

Back

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Card 4

Front

The monster always escapes

Back

Preview of the front of card 4

Card 5

Front

The monster is a form

Back

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