Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World

  • Richard H. Godden
  • Asa Simon Mittman

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard H. Godden, Asa Simon Mittman
      Pages 3-31
  3. Discourses of Bodily Difference

  4. Dis/Identifying the Other

  5. Queer Couplings

  6. Coda

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 315-352

About this book


This collection examines the intersection of the discourses of “disability” and “monstrosity” in a timely and necessary intervention in the scholarly fields of Disability Studies and Monster Studies. Analyzing Medieval and Early Modern art and literature replete with images of non-normative bodies, these essays consider the pernicious history of defining people with distinctly non-normative bodies or non-normative cognition as monsters. In many cases throughout Western history, a figure marked by what Rosemarie Garland-Thomson has termed “the extraordinary body” is labeled a “monster.” This volume explores the origins of this conflation, examines the problems and possibilities inherent in it, and casts both disability and monstrosity in light of emergent, empowering discourses of posthumanism.


Disability Studies Medieval Literature Medieval Art Posthumanism Hybridity Early Modern Literature

Editors and affiliations

  • Richard H. Godden
    • 1
  • Asa Simon Mittman
    • 2
  1. 1.Louisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA
  2. 2.California State University, ChicoChicoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25457-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25458-2
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