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Conclusion Ugly Beauty: Monstrous Dreams Of Utopia

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Capitalist market-society overflows with monsters. But no grotesque species so command the modern imagination as the vampire and the zombie. One of the decisive things about the many-headed monster and Frankenstein's Creature is that they are multiplicities that comprise a unity. The hydra-mob's many heads connect to a common body, just as the corporeal bits of Frankenstein's creature, made up of animal and human parts, cohere into a living, breathing, speaking colossus. Until that awakening, monstrous utopia lives on in stories, dreams, music, art, and moments of resistance that prefigure the grotesque movements through which the collective labourer throws off its zombified state in favour of something new, frightening and beautiful.

Keywords:Capitalist market-society; Frankenstein's creature; utopia



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