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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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The Fictions and Futures of Farm Animals: Semi-Living to “Animalacra” Pig Tales

The Fictions and Futures of Farm Animals: Semi-Living to “Animalacra” Pig Tales

(p.163) Chapter 4 The Fictions and Futures of Farm Animals: Semi-Living to “Animalacra” Pig Tales
Animal Stories

Susan McHugh

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines how industrial meat narratives reflect widespread anxieties about the production of genetically modified farm animals. Narratives about meat animals, such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm (1946) and Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake (2003), suggest that shared human–animal lives is a point of access to the public. Pigs gain cultural significance as avatars of animal agency in barnyards by serving as links between locally sustained agriculture and globalize biotech communities. These narratives symbolize the process of symbiogenesis and heterogenesis, even though their transgenic theme portrays threats to species.

Keywords:   industrial meat narratives, Animal Farm, Oryx and Crake, human–animal lives, pigs, symbiogenesis, heterogenesis

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