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Polymorphous Domesticities Pets, Bodies, and Desire in Four Modern Writers

by Juliana Schiesari

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Polymorphous Domesticities Pets, Bodies, and Desire in Four Modern Writers Synopsis

Polymorphous Domesticities maps out the play of gender, sexuality, and alternative forms of domesticity in the works of four modern European and American writers - Edith Wharton, Djuna Barnes, Colette, and J.R. Ackerley. What these four writers have in common is a defiance of patriarchal paradigms in their lives as well as in their works. Not only did they live outside the norms of the heterosexual family unit, they also pursued and wrote about alternative lifestyles that prominently involved animals. Through close readings from a feminist perspective, Juliana Schiesari reconfigures the ways in which interspecies relationships inflect domestic spheres, reading the Other through the lens of gender, home, and family. As she explores how domestic life is refigured by the presence of animals, Schiesari challenges anthropocentric frames of reference and brings the very definition of human into question.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780520270848
Publication date: 27th March 2012
Author: Juliana Schiesari
Publisher: University of California Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 144 pages
Categories: Literary studies: general,

About Juliana Schiesari

Juliana Schiesari, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis, is the author most recently of Beasts and Beauties: Animals, Gender, and Domestication in the Italian Renaissance.

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