113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Queerness and Animality I

Session Chair: 
Mackenzie Gregg, "University of California, Riverside"
Session 1: Friday 8:50-10:20am
Winery (PMCC)


  1. Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside
    This paper is an examination of L.A. artist Carlee Fernandez, addressing her 2004 sculptural/photographic series “Bear Studies,” and the ways that this work fuses seemingly incongruous affects, aesthetic traditions, and degrees of what Mel Chen refers to as “animacy”—a linguistic terms referring to a quality of agency, awareness, mobility, sentience, or liveness. Fernandez’s work troubles the distinction between human and animal, the living and the dead, and the morbid, erotic, and humorous. 
  2. Shun Kiang, Northeastern University
    This essay examines representations of animal friendship in Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows to show the novel's rejection of the idea that humanity is the only legible mode of knowledge, or form of lived experience, that warrants care and protection. If the word “queer” embodies affects, sentiments, and movements that operate outside the bounds of what is established and politically commonsensical, Grahame’s recuperation of life as a more-than-human concept is a queer take on animal life or animality
  3. Brian Alston, University of California - Riverside
    A literary analysis of Zora Neale Hurston’s critique of the categorical divide between human and non-human life, this essay charts her characters slippage back and forth through the ontological membrane that would partition animals, folks, and Man, arguing that she has provided us with a radical reconception of personhood.
Session Cancelled: