Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect by Mel Y. Chen

By Mel Y. Chen

In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen attracts on fresh debates approximately sexuality, race, and impact to ascertain how topic that's thought of insensate, motionless, or deathly animates cultural lives. towards that finish, Chen investigates the blurry department among the residing and the lifeless, or that that's past the human or animal. in the box of linguistics, animacy has been defined variously as a high quality of corporation, understanding, mobility, sentience, or liveness. Chen turns to cognitive linguistics to emphasize how language habitually differentiates the animate and the inanimate. increasing this build, Chen argues that animacy undergirds a lot that's urgent and certainly unstable in modern tradition, from animal rights debates to biosecurity concerns.

Chen's e-book is the 1st to deliver the concept that of animacy including queer of colour scholarship, serious animal reviews, and incapacity concept. via analyses of dehumanizing insults, the meanings of queerness, animal protagonists in contemporary Asian/American paintings and picture, the lead in toys panic in 2007, and the social lives of environmental disorder, Animacies illuminates a hierarchical politics infused via race, sexuality, and talent. during this groundbreaking booklet, Chen rethinks the standards governing organization and receptivity, healthiness and toxicity, productiveness and stillness—and demonstrates how awareness to the affective cost of subject demanding situations common-sense orderings of the world.

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