Animals and Desire in South African Fiction: Biopolitics and the Resistance to Colonization (Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature)

Animals and Desire in South African Fiction: Biopolitics and the Resistance to Colonization (Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature)
by Jason D. Price / / / PDF


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This book considers the political potential of affective experiences of desire as reflected in contemporary South African literature. Jason Price argues that definitions of desire deployed by capitalist and colonial culture maintain social inequality by managing relations to ensure a steady flow of capital and pleasure for the dominant classes, whereas affective encounters with animals reveal the nonhuman nature of desire, a biopower that, in its unpredictability, can frustrate regimes of management and control. Price wonders how animals’ different desires might enable new modes of thought to positively transform and resist the status quo. This book contends that South African literary works employ nonhuman desire and certain indigenous notions of desire to imagine a South Africa that can be markedly different from the past.

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