Monster/Thresholds: Kafkaesque Reading of 'The Monstrous'

26 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2013

Date Written: March 8, 2013


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: or

Mohammad Ali Rahebi

Shiraz University ( email )

Eram Paradise
Shiraz 71454, Fars

Ebrahim Zargari Marandi (Contact Author)

University of Tehran ( email )

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

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