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

By Mel Y. Chen

In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen attracts on contemporary debates approximately sexuality, race, and impact to envision 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 useless, or that that is past the human or animal. in the box of linguistics, animacy has been defined variously as a top quality of company, information, 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 risky in modern tradition, from animal rights debates to biosecurity concerns.

Chen's ebook is the 1st to convey the idea that of animacy including queer of colour scholarship, serious animal experiences, and incapacity thought. via analyses of dehumanizing insults, the meanings of queerness, animal protagonists in fresh Asian/American artwork and movie, the lead in toys panic in 2007, and the social lives of environmental sickness, Animacies illuminates a hierarchical politics infused by way of race, sexuality, and skill. during this groundbreaking booklet, Chen rethinks the standards governing organisation and receptivity, health and wellbeing and toxicity, productiveness and stillness—and demonstrates how cognizance to the affective cost of subject demanding situations common sense orderings of the world.

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