When Monsters No Longer Speak

  • Lewis Ricardo GordonEmail author
  • Jane Anna Gordon
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 84)


The authors summarize their theory of disaster as a sign continuum through which monsters—mythic agents of divine warning—raise questions of the meaning of political speech in the wake of colonialism. Unlike prior ages, where monsters had the social function of specialized speech, their warnings are ignored in the age of modern colonialism. Thus, instead of focusing on whether subalterns can speak, the authors ask, Can they be heard? This question is examined through explorations of the challenges racism poses for distinctions between moral and political speech.


Native People Popular Culture Black People Sign Continuum Nobel Peace Prize 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

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