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Animal StoriesNarrating across Species Lines$
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Susan McHugh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670321

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670321.001.0001

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Breeding Narratives of Intimacy: Shaggy Dogs, Shagging Sheep

Breeding Narratives of Intimacy: Shaggy Dogs, Shagging Sheep

(p.115) Chapter 3 Breeding Narratives of Intimacy: Shaggy Dogs, Shagging Sheep
Animal Stories

Susan McHugh

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines J. R. Ackerley’s narrative, My Dog Tulip, to discuss the significance of canine sex to human society. The narrative models an alternative and triangulated structure of sexuality in which pets and people become involved not only in each other’s love lives but also in social possibilities for sexuality. This narrative discusses scientific and popular attitudes toward animal sex, specifically the biological claims of homosexual animals and the biological claims of de-sexing of pets as suburban. These claims are aligned with the conventional and often coercive methods of “marrying” animal breeders’ stock.

Keywords:   J. R. Ackerley, My Dog Tulip, canine sex, homosexual animals, de-sexing, animal sex

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