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

By Colleen Glenney Boggs

Consulting a various archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs areas 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 soppy puppy tradition within the 19th, Boggs lines a historical past of human-animal sexuality in the United States, one formed via 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 american citizens enact their humanity and keep an eye on matters 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 stress that's by no means absolutely regulated. consequently, as either figures of radical alterity and the embodiment of biopolitics, animals are at the same time unparalleled and exemplary to the biopolitical kingdom. An unique contribution to animal stories, American reviews, severe race conception, and posthumanist inquiry, Boggs thrillingly reinterprets a protracted and hugely contentious human-animal history.

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