Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe)

Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe) Author Mel Y. Chen
ISBN-10 0822352729
ISBN-13 9780822352723
Year 2012-07-10
Pages 312
Language English
Publisher Duke University Press Books
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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 awareness mobility sentience or liveness Chen turns to cognitive linguistics to stress how language habitually differentiates the animate and the inanimate Expanding this construct Chen argues that animacy undergirds much that is pressing and indeed volatile in contemporary culture from animal rights debates to biosecurity concerns Chen s book is the first to bring the concept of animacy together with queer of color scholarship critical animal studies and disability theory Through analyses of dehumanizing insults the meanings of queerness animal protagonists in recent Asian American art and film the lead in toys panic in 2007 and the social lives of environmental illness Animacies illuminates a hierarchical politics infused by race sexuality and ability In this groundbreaking book Chen rethinks the criteria governing agency and receptivity health and toxicity productivity and stillnessand demonstrates how attention to the affective charge of matter challenges commonsense orderings of the world

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