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Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity

Colleen Boggs


This book puts animal representation at the center of the making of the liberal American subject and argues that animals are critical to the ways in which Americans enact their humanity and regulate subjects in the biopolitical state. It concentrates on the formative and disruptive presence of animals in the writings of Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, and Emily Dickinson. It argues that biopower, or a politics that extends its reach to life, thrives on the strategic ambivalence between who is considered human and what is judged as animal. It contends that biopower generates a space of ind ... More

Keywords: animal representation, biopolitics, biopower, humanity, alterity, critical race theory, animals, Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231161237
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231161237.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen Boggs, author
Dartmouth College

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