materiality and interpellation

I'm reading N. Katherine Hayles' book Writing Machines . I find her discussion (thus far) on materiality quite intriguing especially considering I just finished writing about the materiality of the body in Frankenstein . Perhaps I can use this is a thread to discuss literature and blogs for my comps. I think her text can certainly help inform some of my thoughts along these lines.

I am relieved to be through with the draft of the Frankenstein project. I haven't been immersed in that much research since my Master's and I'm hoping this summer's reading group with CB on psychoanalysis will force me to return to the draft and rework it. I want it to be a part of my dissertation though what I ended up writing seems very far from what I intended to research when I started. It's probably better for it.

One of the ideas that's really exciting (thanks Oren for your help on it) is the discussion on interpellation, arguing that because the creature is NOT named and cast out from society that is, in fact, an un-interpellated body. He is not hailable because he is unnamed. When he hears "monstrous," "fiend," "demon," he asks, "is this me?" Victor, however, begins his narrative with , "I am Genevese by birth." And as Althusser points out, bodies are interpellated even before they're born. But because the creature is not born, not "expected" as it were, he remains outside of interpellation. I would argue, though, that his identity is still an ideological one because it is inscribed upon him by Victor, and others with whom he comes into contact. Still, viewing "monstrous" bodies as un-interpellated opens a space in which we might imagine bodies, identities differently.

When I shared this idea with my roommate, he glared at me, said "I hate you," in a somewhat joking tone and went into his room to sulk. He came out moments later and asked, "When did you think of the idea?"
"I dunno," I said. "I wrote it into the paper about 2 a.m."
He says, "See. This is why I hate that I write so much in advanced. I miss those moments of inspiration."

Let me tell you I was afraid my inspiration might fail at any moment on that paper. I've never worked so hard on a paper before. I had to overcome myself, my worry that I may have forgotten how to write. Sometimes I think I'd like to get things done way in advance but then I know myself, I would change my mind and rewrite or redo the project anyway.

That's why I'm doing comps this summer. Because I need a time crunch in order to produce.