The monstrous and critical posthumanism

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This chapter explores the relationship between the monstrous and critical post- humanism. It lays out three paths for thinking the monster: queer theory, critical race theory, and critical disability studies. In so doing, it draws out the twentieth- century histories of monsters in often-ignored works by critical thinkers such as Frantz Fanon and links these to contemporary work by Black, brown, and Indigenous, disabled and queer thinkers on justice, citation and alternative for- mations of being collectively. In so doing, the chapter offers ways of refuting the dichotomies of the current world order, examining how such dominant colonial, heteropatriarchal structures may be undone. In addition, it explores how we might imagine into being other ways of knowing and being by rethinking justice as a potential apocalyptic destruction of the world order that gives space to already existing modes of collective living and those that are yet to come.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPalgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism
EditorsStefan Herbrechter, Ivan Callus, Manuela Rossini, Marija Grech, Megen de Bruin-Molé, Christopher John Müller
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9783030426811
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sept 2022


  • monster theory
  • critical race theory
  • posthumanism
  • Frantz Fanon
  • disability theory
  • postcolonial theory


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