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Beyond the Limit: Gender, Sexuality, and the Animal Question in (Afro)Modernity

  • Author(s): Jackson, Zakiyyah Iman
  • Advisor(s): JanMohamed, Abdul
  • et al.
Abstract

"Beyond the Limit: Gender, Sexuality, and the Animal Question in (Afro)Modernity" demonstrates that key texts of twentieth-century African American and African diasporic literature, performance, and visual culture provide crucial interventions into the racialization of the human/animal border. Pairing African American, South African, and Afro-Caribbean literature, film, visual and performance art with historical representations of animalized blackness found in philosophy, science, and law, "Beyond the Limit" highlights African diasporic literary and visual culture's disruptions of the racialization of the human/animal boundary.

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