Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines - Posthumanities (Paperback)Susan McHugh (author)
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McHugh's investigations into fictions of people relying on animals in civic and professional life-most obviously those of service animal users and female professional horse riders-showcase distinctly modern and human-animal forms of intersubjectivity. But increasingly graphic violence directed at these figures indicates their ambivalent significance to changing configurations of species.
Reading these developments with narrative adaptations of traditional companion species relations during this period- queer pet memoirs and farm animal fictions-McHugh clarifies the intercorporeal intimacies-the perforations of species boundaries now proliferating in genetic and genomic science-and embeds the representation of animals within biopolitical frameworks.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 377 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 18 mm
"Susan McHugh offers a cultural history of human-animal relationships in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as traced in imaginative as well as scientific and political work. McHugh challenges us to rethink how we conceptualize the creatures involved. Animal Stories thus tells us as much about animals as it does about the role of the human imagination and as such will be necessary reading for all those interested in reading literature with other media and in thinking ethically about our place in the natural world." -Erica Fudge, author of Animal