Minotaure & Other Monsters

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From a front cover of the Minotaure surrealist magazine, published in Paris between 1933-1939.  Monsters, monstrosity, and the monstrous are all the rage in current theory. Back in the day, a surrealist monster was truly monstrous. But under which of “our aesthetic categories” do they appear today? To take Sianne Ngai’s thesis seriously would be to ask if they are “zany” or “cute”? In this political season, with so many real monsters and monstrousness running out there on the loose, I’m sick of them to death.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish though and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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