Monster/Thresholds: Kafkaesque Reading of 'The Monstrous'

26 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2013

Date Written: March 8, 2013

Abstract

Arguing that the “Liminal Space” and the figure of the monster share more similarities than might be glimpsed at first sight, we first mobilize some of Levinas’ and Blanchot’s concepts to define a Non-Space of the “Absolute Other” at the threshold of which monsters are created as interfaces or “Translating-Machines.” We create this model for the projection/production of monstrous composite entities based on Kafka’s short text, “Before the Law” and the hierarchy of thresholds and interfaces that it deploys into/as “The Beyond.”

Keywords: Monster, Threshold, Space, Kafka, Otherness, Translating Machine

Suggested Citation

Rahebi, Mohammad Ali and Zargari Marandi, Ebrahim, Monster/Thresholds: Kafkaesque Reading of 'The Monstrous' (March 8, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2230563 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2230563

Mohammad Ali Rahebi

Shiraz University ( email )

Eram Paradise
Shiraz 71454, Fars
Iran

Ebrahim Zargari Marandi (Contact Author)

University of Tehran ( email )

Urbanism Dep.,Fac. Fine Arts, Uni. Tehran,Iran
Tehran, Tehran
Iran
0989125123527 (Phone)

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