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Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Christopher Peterson


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 philosophi ... More

Keywords: Animality, American literature, Race in literature, Sexuality in literature, Edgar Allan Poe, Joel Chandler Harris, J.M Coetzee, Richard Wright, Philip Roth, Jacques Derrida

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780823245208
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Peterson, author
University of Western Sydney

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