Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical by Colleen Glenney Boggs PDF

By Colleen Glenney Boggs

Consulting a various archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs locations animal illustration on the middle of the making of the liberal American topic. From the bestiality trials of the seventeenth-century Plymouth Plantation to the emergence of soft puppy tradition within the 19th, Boggs lines a heritage of human-animal sexuality in the USA, one formed by means of sexualized animal our bodies and affective puppy relations.

Boggs concentrates at the formative and disruptive presence of animals within the writings of Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Dickinson. enticing with the serious theories of Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, Donna Haraway and others, she argues that animals are severe to the ways that americans enact their humanity and control matters within the biopolitical nation. Biopower, or a politics that extends its achieve to lifestyles, flourishes at the strategic ambivalence among who's thought of human and what's judged as animal. It generates an area of indeterminacy the place animal representations intrude to outline and problem the parameters of subjectivity. The renegotiation of the species line produces a stress that's by no means absolutely regulated. for this reason, as either figures of radical alterity and the embodiment of biopolitics, animals are concurrently unheard of and exemplary to the biopolitical country. An unique contribution to animal stories, American stories, serious race thought, and posthumanist inquiry, Boggs thrillingly reinterprets a protracted and hugely contentious human-animal history.

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