The Grotesque: On Fleshing Out the Subject of Ethics

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This essay asks what kind of ethics we would obtain if we conceptualize
the subject as a grotesque subject, constituted by a grotesque body. Cohen
Shabot argues that the grotesque subject, provided with a grotesque body,
constitutes a clearly material, concrete subject, which in turn emphasizes
elements such as hybridity, plurality, excess, waste, openness and a
constant connection between itself and the world, between itself and its
others. Cohen Shabot claims that if we accept Foucault’s idea that bodies
are created by power and that, at at the same time, they constitute a way to
resist and create new forms of power, we can relate to the grotesque
subject as lending itself to a new way of conceiving a resistant
subjectivity, opposed to classical and modernist ideas of subjectivity and
to the ethics which derives from either ideal
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTextual ethos studies, or Locating ethics
EditorsAnna Fahraeus , AnnKatrin Jonsson
Place of PublicationAmsterdam ; New York
PublisherBrill: Rodopi
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9789401202046
ISBN (Print)9789042017979
StatePublished - 2005

Publication series

NameCritical studies (Amsterdam, Netherlands)


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