Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical by Colleen Glenney Boggs

By Colleen Glenney Boggs

Consulting a various archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs areas animal illustration on the heart 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 strains a background of human-animal sexuality in the USA, one formed by way 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. attractive with the serious theories of Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben, Judith Butler, Donna Haraway and others, she argues that animals are serious to the ways that americans enact their humanity and keep watch over topics within the biopolitical country. Biopower, or a politics that extends its achieve to existence, prospers 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 rigidity that's by no means absolutely regulated. accordingly, as either figures of radical alterity and the embodiment of biopolitics, animals are at the same time unheard of and exemplary to the biopolitical kingdom. An unique contribution to animal reports, American reports, serious race idea, and posthumanist inquiry, Boggs thrillingly reinterprets a protracted and hugely contentious human-animal history.

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