Show Less
Restricted access

Monstrosity, Performance, and Race in Contemporary Culture

Bernadette Marie Calafell

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of women of color in the academy, the media framing of alleged Aurora shooter James Holmes, the use of monstrosity in unpublished work from the Gloria Anzaldúa archives, post-feminist discourses in American Mary and The Lords of Salem, and Kanye West’s strategic employment of ideologies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.
Show Summary Details
Restricted access

Chapter 1. Monstrous Femininity: Constructions of Women of Color in the Academy


| 9 →



Constructions of Women of Color in the Academy1

I’ve seen her several times and each time I am drawn in. I look closely at her thin frame, the white hair across her brown skin. She removes her coat and begins caressing herself as she lifts her head to let out an orgasmic howl. Reveling in her monstrous femininity she turns to give the camera a shot of her behind. She is the werewolf woman in Kanye West’s “Monster” video. I watch the video over and over again pondering my relationship to her. Since I was a little girl I have been drawn to monsters, especially werewolves. Little did I know I would be framed as one.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

This site requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals.

Do you have any questions? Contact us.

Or login to access all content.