Exercise 1.1

January 30, 2019

Part 1: Reading
Carefully read the “Introduction and Thesis I” in “Monster Culture (Seven Theses).” On your hard copy, highlight, underline, or circle no more than eight difficult but important words you encounter. “Important words” are words that might be often repeated or are located in places where it seems Cohen is explaining his main idea. Research and write down their definitions. Also try to write down ideas and questions that you have in response to specific parts of this section. Bring your annotated copy of this essay to class on Thursday, January 31st

Part 2: Writing 
Find one (1) sentence that you think expresses the main point of Thesis I of Monster Culture. Write it out and then explain what it means in your own words. Try to be as specific as possible. Post your sentence and explanation below as a comment to this post. (To be able to post, you need to go to qwriting.org and sign up for an account using your QC email address ending in @qmail.cuny.edu. Once you have an account, join the site by using the link on the right).

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15 Responses to “Exercise 1.1”

  1.   Jamie Klebs said:

    “The monstrous body is pure culture.”

    This sentence epitomizes the main point being made in Thesis I. It reinforces its preceding ideas in a straightforward manner, the monster’s body is defined by the culture that is perceiving and creating it. It is a creation of cultural/historical circumstance and the fears and anxieties that accompany that condition – this is the crux of the section.

  2.   Alyssa Cooperberg said:

    “The monster’s body quite literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety, and fantasy, giving them life and an uncanny independence”

    By creating our interpretation of culture, we recognize monsters as bringing our greatest fears and aspirations to life. This sentence is a clear definition of how we tend to do that. Thesis I then more clearly states how “the monstrous body is pure culture” which is exactly what this sentence is portraying.

  3.   Shira Fagan said:

    “The monster’s body quite literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety and fantasy…”

    This quote is stating the main idea in this thesis. It shows how the monster is created with many feelings. Although a monster is not a human, it is created with many feelings that can either connect or contradict each other. A monster can be the anxiety inside of you before a test and also the excitement when you’re going on a trip. Monsters are not categorized as one feeling or state and therefore, not stable.

  4.   Amit Singh said:

    “Behead the corpse, so that, acephalic, it will not know itself as subject, only as pure body.”

    This sentence reveals that the monster isn’t anything specific. Giving it a head will allow there to be limited interpretations of what it is. Without the head, it is pure and can be seen in many ways. There isn’t only one direct definition of the monster if it if it is headless.

  5.   Kareem Rashad said:

    Drive a stake through its heart: it will be stuck to the ground at the fork, it will haunt that place that leads to many other places. that point of indecision.
    EXPLANATION: It refers to monsters in this sentence, which shows the attitude of the monsters they are very confused, and they will keep haunting place after place until they get to the point of indecision.

  6.   Donte Tucker said:

    “Like a letter on a page,the monster signifies something other than itself…”

    This sentence is essentially saying that no monster is created with the intention of creating just a monster, there is always a reason/purpose for it’s existence. Similar to a words in a book every word has a purpose just like a monster always has purpose in the story, whether it be to give the “protagonist” something to overcome or even to make light of a situation present within the story or real life, every monster has importance whether big or small.

  7.   Andriana Drimona said:

    “Like a letter on the page, the monster signifies something other than itself: it is always a displacement, always inhabits the gap between the time of upheaval that created it and the moment into which it is received, to be born again”

    This sentence indicates that the monsters are created in our imagination and start to exist there from the time that a particular event ,that most of the times is not pleasant, happens. Moreover, when the author says “to be born again”, he points out that this monster is going to get back in life ,but this time is going to be created by another unfortunate event.

  8.   Mayra Correa said:

    The monster’s body quite literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety, and fantasy, giving them life and an uncanny independence.

    This sentence is giving the main thesis. The message that is being told with this sentence is that even though a monster is not human, a monster still has different feelings. It also means that the monster needs those feeling in order to survive, If humans have fear, anxiety it will feed the monster and create the monster.

  9.   chelsea Munoz said:

    “Any kind of alterity can be inscribed across (constructed through) the monstrous body, but for the most part monstrous difference tends to be cultural, political, racial, economic, sexual.”

    I feel that this sentence is able to capture one of the main points of this paper because it describes how monsters come to be in society and where they come from. The statement describes a monster as a source of alterity from different cultural aspects. For example, using skin color to change and distort the image of a person into a monster. As did Christian mythology associating dark skin with “the fires of hell” deeming these individuals as demonic embodiments.

  10.   Nirmala Yusaf said:

    The sentence expressed the main point of the Thesis I of Monster Culture in my opinion is, “The monstrous body is pure culture.” I pick that sentence because the passage talk about the origins of monsters that was created by each cultures and each cultures created their own monstrous stories.
    The sentence also reinforced the main heading that is, “The Monster’s Body Is A Cultural Body.”

  11.   Shivinder Malh said:

    “The monster is born only at this metaphoric crossroads, as an embodiment of a certain cultural moment…”

    This sentence gives readers the main thesis as it indicates that monsters are created through the culture that you live in and the memories that you hold onto. The monster isn’t human but it is merely a manisfestation of the very memories, culture and feelings that make you, you.

  12.   Weibo Wang said:

    “The monster’s body quite literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety, and fantasy, giving them life and an uncanny independence.”
    this sentence points out the main idea of this article, which is that monster doesn’t just exist, because people have fear, desire and hate……those emotions create monsters. They live in people’s imagination.

  13.   Matthew Murawski said:

    Sentence- Like a letter on the page, the monster signifies something other than itself: it is always a displacement, always inhabits the gap between the time of upheaval that created it and the moment into which it is received to be born again,

    The sentence explains that the monster signifies something other than its self. Maybe its creator had some sort of spark which led him/ her to create such a monster. Which eventually leads to regret.

  14.   Frank Lopez said:

    These epistemological spaces between the monsters bones are Derrida’s famaliar chasm of differance: a genetic uncertainty principle, the essence of the monsters vitality, the reason it always rises from the dissection table as it’s secrets are about to be revealed and vanishes into the night.

    Monsters are not complete most of them are missing parts of the truth, have lies embedded in them or are just made of beliefs that we are still trying to be confirmed. Philosophers have had logical discourse on the theory of knowledge. How do we know history is truth and how do we justify it. Skeptaism help monsters grow along with doub anxiety and fears. Philosopher Jacques Derrida used a form of semiotics called the destruction method. It was used to show the relationship between meaning and text. He wanted to show the usage of language and it’s differances. Remember history is text after text after signs from our past. We build these monsters too. Had we had a video of true life unaltered, we would know the real truth. I can remember part of my life doesn’t mean I’ll post it honestly and accurately. This is why populations become dissarayed or confused on justifying our beliefs. The monsters issues/ subject matters/causes/beliefs are so grandeur that we continue to ponder what is really true.

  15.   haolin said:

    “The monster’s body quite literally incorporates fear, desire, anxiety, and fantasy, giving them life and an uncanny independence.”
    I believe that this sentence expresses the main point of Thesis I. The author indicated the fact that monsters are created by us. They are reflection of human emotions.

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