Monster bib

Thomas, J. Howell. “Monstrosity.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 1059, 1881, pp. 594–594. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/25256719.

This is an article from The British Medical Journal published in the late 1800s describing a form of “monstrocity: (in this case a miscarrage.) I thought it would be interesting for class for a few reasons; as Amarican cultural values have been heavly influenced by England it gives an example of a English example of human medical monstrocity, it gives an example of earlier (not this century) thoughts on monstrosity, and it deals with monstrocity in relationship to female bodies. As a warning it is a clinical yet graphic read.

 

Persson, A., & Newman, C. (2008). Making monsters: Heterosexuality, crime and race in recent Western media coverage of HIV. Sociology of Health & Illness, 30(4), 632-646.

This is a really interesting article on the social construction of monsters in terms of disease- specifically HIV, which has a history where Western media encouraged a definition of HIV as a disease that affected those outside of ‘proper’ social norms and heterosexuality. This article comes in after the move away from that thinking, and towards an understanding of HIV as a global heterosexual disease, epidemic, and human rights issue. It discusses a refashioning of the ideas of guilt and blame in a Western context, and the conflation of black sexuality, African origins, and the creation of a monstrous masculinity.

 

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