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Monstrosity, Performance, and Race in Contemporary Culture

Monstrosity, Performance, and Race in Contemporary Culture

by Bernadette Marie CalafellBernadette Marie Calafell


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In a society that increasingly touts post-racial and post-feminist discourses, the trope of monstrosity becomes a way to critically examine contemporary meanings around race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. Focusing on ways in which historically marginalized groups appropriate monstrosity as a means of resistance, as well as on how we can understand oppression and privilege through monstrosity, this book offers another way to conceptualize the politics of representation. Through critical analyses of experiences of women of color in the academy, the media framing of alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes, the use of monstrosity in unpublished work from the Gloria Anzaldúa archives, post-feminist discourses in American Mary and The Lords of Salem, and Kanye West’s strategic employment of ideologies of monstrosity, this book offers new ways to think about Otherness in this contemporary moment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433127373
Publisher: Peter Lang Pub Inc
Publication date: 09/30/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 139
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Bernadette Marie Calafell (PhD, University of North Carolina) is Full Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Denver. She is author of Latina/o Communication Studies: Theorizing Performance (Peter Lang, 2007) and co-editor (with Michelle A. Holling) of Latina/o Discourse in Vernacular Spaces: Somos de Una Voz? (2011).

Table of Contents

Contents: Monstrous Femininity: Constructions of Women of Color in the Academy – James Holmes and the Monstrosity of Whiteness – Chicana Feminist Legacies of Monstrosity in the Gloria Anzaldúa Archive – American Mary and The Lords of Salem: Post-Feminist Nightmares – From College Dropout to Monster: Kanye West and the Politics of Monstrosity – Monstrous Endings.

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