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

Queerness and Animality II

Session Chair: 
Rudi Kraeher, University of California, Riverside
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Winery (PMCC)


  1. Shane Ochoa, California State University, Los Angeles
    If human exceptionalism is to be challenged, language must be a definitive site of contention. Karen Joy Fowler, in We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves, challenges the notion that human language is the highest form of communication. Fowler introduces “idioglossia” and through human/chimp communication, attempts to unseat human exceptionalism.  
  2. Chelsea Grimmer, University of Washington - Seattle
    Marian Engel’s novel, Bear, is about a woman librarian who temporarily moves to northern Canada and collects and documents archival and historical artifacts and books. This results in her sexual relationship with a bear, and recalls real-life Timothy Treadwell's proximal relations to bears. These relationships manifest a re-consideration of the species divide, or the hierarchical binaries associated with such a divide, and can be articulated through an ecopoetics that seeks out nonreproductive, non-companion species intimacies.
  3. Anastassiya Andrianova, North Dakota State University
    This paper examines the representation of animal desire in several texts about horses and human-horse relationships, including Tolstoy’s “Strider,” Peter Shaffer’s Equus, and the recent interview with a zoophile who dates mares.  The goal is to interrogate and challenge anthropocentric resistance to acknowledging and validating animals’ subjective experience and sexuality. 
Session Cancelled: