Defining the terms – what is a monster?

Canguilhem, George,  “Monstrosity and the Monstrous.” Trans. Teresa Jaeger, Diogenes 10. 40 (1962): 27–42.

—–, The Normal and the Pathological, trans. by Carolyn R, Fawcett (London: D. Reidel, 1978)

Cohen, Jeffrey Jerome. “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).” In Monster Theory, edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen,. University of Minnesota Press, 1996. pp.3-25
——. “The Promise of Monsters.” In The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, edited by Peter J. Dendle Asa Simon Mittman,. London: Ashgate, 2012. pp.449-464

Foucault, Michel. Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France 1974-1975. Edited by Antonella Salomoni Valerio Marchetti. Translated by Graham Burchell. London: Verso, 2003.

Graham, Elaine L. Representations of the Post/Human: Monsters, Aliens and Others in Popular Culture. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Haraway, Donna. “A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology and Socialist Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century.” In Simians, Cyborgs and Woman: The Reinvention of Nature, by Donna Haraway,. New York, NY: Routledge, 1991. pp.149 -181
—–. “The promises of monsters: a regenerative politics for inappropriate/d others.” In Cultural Theory,  Routledge New York, 1992.pp.295–337.

Hayles, N. Katherine. How we became posthuman: Virtual bodies in cybernetics, literature, and informatics. University of Chicago Press, 1999.
—-. “Refiguring the posthuman.” Comparative Literature Studies (Penn State University Press) 41, no. 3 (2004): 311–316.

Lyotard, Jean-Francois. “Can Thought Go On Without a Body?” 129-140. Palgrave Macmillan, 2000.

MacCormack, Patricia. “Posthuman Teratology.” In The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, edited by Peter J. Dendle Asa Simon Mittman, 293-310. Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

Sharpe, Andrew N. “Foucault’s Monsters, the Abnormal Individual and the Challenge of English Law.” Journal of Historical Sociology 20, no. 3 (sep 2007): 384–403.

Shildrick, Margrit. Embodying the Monster: Encounters with the Vulnerable Self. London: Sage, 2002.
—–. “Transgressing the law with Foucault and Derrida: some reflections on anomalous embodiment.” Critical Quarterly (Wiley Online Library) 47, no. 3 (2005): 30–46.

Thacker, E. “Data made flesh: Biotechnology and the discourse of the posthuman.” Cultural Critique (University of Minnesota Press) 53, no. 1 (2003): 72–97.
—–., After Life (London: University of Chicago Press, 2010)

Tyler, T. “Deviants, Donestre, and Debauchees: Here be Monsters.” Culture, Theory & Critique (Taylor & Francis) 49, no. 2 (2008): 113–131.


Situating the Monster – the monster in history and culture

Ambord, D.W. “Wrong Turns on the Way to the Graveyard: The Death of Man and the Status of the Subject in Foucault Studies.” Minerva-An Internet Journal of Philosophy 13 (2009): 53–66.

Block Friedman, John. The Monstrous Races in Medieval Art and Thought
Syracuse University Press, 2000

Creed, Barbara. The Monstrous Feminine: Film, Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Routledge, 1993

Kearney, Richard. Strangers, Gods, and Monsters: Interpreting Otherness, Psychology Press, 2003

Monster Theory: Reading Culture, edited by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, University of Minnesota Press, 1996

The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous, Peter J. Dendle and Asa Simon Mittman Farnham: Ashgate, 2012.

Dery, Mark. Slashing the Borg: Resistance is Fertile, Tactical Media



Expanding Subjectivity – the monster as individual

Golder, Ben, ‘Foucault, Anti-Humanism, and Human Rights’, ed. by Ian Goodwin-Smith, Proceedings of the Conference, Foucault: 25 Years On, (Adelaide: Hawke Research Institute, University of South Australia, 2009)

Malatino, Hilary, ‘Medical Histories, Queer Futures: Imaging and imagining ‘abnormal’ corporealities,’ eSharp, 2010

Rose, Nikolas, ‘Normality and Pathology in a Biomedical Age’, The Sociological Review, 57.2 (2009), 66–83

—, The Politics of Life Itself: Biomedicine, Power and Subjectivity in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2007)

Vint, Sherryl, Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction (London: University of Toronto Press, 2007)

White, Eric, ‘The Erotics of Becoming: Xenogenesis and ‘The Thing’’, Science Fiction Studies, 20.3 (1993), 394–408