Monster bib

Thomas, J. Howell. “Monstrosity.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 1, no. 1059, 1881, pp. 594–594. JSTOR, JSTOR,

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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