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Animalia Americana : animal representations and biopolitical subjectivity

Author: Colleen Glenney Boggs
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2013] ©2013
Series: Critical perspectives on animals.
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Consulting a diverse archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs places animal representation at the center of the making of the liberal American subject. From the bestiality trials of the seventeenth-century Plymouth Plantation to the emergence of sentimental pet culture in the nineteenth, Boggs traces a history of human-animal sexuality in America, one shaped by sexualized animal bodies and affective pet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2012019970
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Colleen Glenney Boggs
ISBN: 023153194X 9780231531948
OCLC Number: 829387638
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 303 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: American bestiality: sex, animals, and the construction of subjectivity (Plymouth Plantation, Abu Ghraib) --
Bestiality revisited: the primal scene of biopower (Frederick Douglass) --
Animals and the letter of the law (Edgar Allan Poe) --
Animals, affect, and the formation of liberal subjectivity (Emily Dickinson) --
Rethinking liberal subjectivity: the biopolitics of animal autobiography (Barbara Bush, Katharine Lee Bates).
Series Title: Critical perspectives on animals.
Responsibility: Colleen Glenney Boggs.

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Consulting a diverse archive of literary texts, Colleen Glenney Boggs places animal representation at the center of the making of the liberal American subject. From the bestiality trials of the seventeenth-century Plymouth Plantation to the emergence of sentimental pet culture in the nineteenth, Boggs traces a history of human-animal sexuality in America, one shaped by sexualized animal bodies and affective pet relations. Boggs concentrates on the formative and disruptive presence of animals in the writings of Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Dickinson. Engaging with.

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Colleen Glenney Boggs's engagement with texts by Poe, Dickinson, and Barbara Bush's Puppy Love makes her focus unique. Her analysis of the connection between animal figures and slavery in Poe's work Read more...

 
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