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HumAnimal: Race, Law, Language

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri


This book explores the experience of dehumanization as the privation of speech. Taking up the figure of silence as the space between human and animal, it traces the potential for an alternate political and ethical way of life beyond law. Employing the resources offered by deconstruction as well as an ontological critique of biopower, this book suggests that humAnimal, as the site of impropriety opened by racism and manifested by silence, can be political and hazardous to power. Through the lens of such works as Coetzee’s Foe, Chesnutt’s “The Dumb Witness,” Dr. Itard’s “wild child,” and aerial ... More

Keywords: dehumanization, privation of speech, biopower, Agamben, language, biopolitics, Derrida, racism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780816677887
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri, author