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Animacies : biopolitics, racial mattering, and queer affect

Author: Mel Y Chen
Publisher: Durham, NC : Duke University Press, 2012.
Series: Perverse modernities.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives. Toward that end, Chen investigates the blurry division between the living and the dead, or that which is beyond the human or animal. Within the field of linguistics, animacy has been described variously as a quality of agency,
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mel Y Chen
ISBN: 9780822352549 0822352540 9780822352723 0822352729
OCLC Number: 776533390
Description: xi, 297 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Language and mattering humans --
Queer animation --
Queer animality --
Animals, sex, and transsubstantiation --
Lead's racial matters --
Following mercurial affect.
Series Title: Perverse modernities.
Responsibility: Mel Y. Chen.
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Mel Y. Chen draws on studies of sexuality, race, and affect to consider how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, deathly, or otherwise "wrong," animates cultural life in important ways.  Read more...

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