Bestial Traces:Race, Sexuality, Animality

Bestial Traces:Race, Sexuality, Animality

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In contemporary race and sexuality studies, the topic of animality emerges almost exclusively in order to index the dehumanization that makes discrimination possible. Bestial Traces argues that a more fundamental disavowal of human animality conditions the bestialization of racial and sexual minorities. Hence, when conservative politicians equate homosexuality with bestiality, they betray an anxious effort to deny the animality inherent in all sexuality. Focusing on literary texts by Edgar Allan Poe, Joel Chandler Harris, Richard Wright, Philip Roth, and J. M. Coetzee, together with philosophical texts by Derrida, Heidegger, Agamben, Freud, and Nietzsche, Peterson maintains that the representation of social and political others as animals can be mitigated but never finally abolished. All forms of belonging inevitably exclude some others as qbeasts.q Though one might argue that absolute political equality and inclusion remain desirable, even if ultimately unattainable, ideals, Bestial Traces shows that, by maintaining such principles, we exacerbate rather than ameliorate violence because we fail to confront how discrimination and exclusion condition all social relations.Historically, this indissolubility was the result of slave masters mixing their genetic material with that of their female slaves. ... for the master, executing the manual labor that the latter would otherwise perform.36 This prosthetic relation is evident in ... When Johna#39;s sister, Theodosia, exclaims that Remusa#39;s shot resulted in John losing one of his arms, Remus responds, a€œI gin a#39;im ... scene appears to illustrate Remusa#39;s unwavering, doglike fidelity, a devotion so Chapter 2: Slaverya#39;s Bestiary | 59.

Title:Bestial Traces:Race, Sexuality, Animality
Author: Christopher Peterson
Publisher:Fordham Univ Press - 2013

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