Frankenstein, Vital Matter, and the Queer Sublime

What do jizz, volcanoes, and incest have in common?

This week, we’ll be discussing the intersection of vitality, violence, and sexual transgression in this article by Eric Robertson on the queer sublime in Frankenstein. Robertson is preoccupied with the ways in which non-reproductive bodies may, with a slight paradigm shift, be apprehended as useful, even vital in the age of the anthropocene.

Because Robertson draws heavily upon theories from  Jane Bennett’s Vibrant MatterI strongly encourage you to read the Preface and Chapter 1 before our discussion.  My hope is that these texts will serve as maddening, annealing, titillating supplements to some of the ecocriticisms and procreational critiques that surface in this article.