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Animals and The Formation of Liberal Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Colleen Glenney Boggs

in The Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199730438
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199730438.013.0012

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 Animals and The Formation of Liberal Subjectivity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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This article investigates why nineteenth-century views of human subjectivity repeatedly cross into the terrain of the nonhuman and animals, and examines the formation of liberal subjectivity. It offers subtle readings of John Locke, Emily Dickinson, and other theorists of what has become known as animal studies. The article traces the links between the ontological questions posed by current affect theory to Lockean origins and subsequent intellectual receptions of liberal subject formation.

Keywords: human subjectivity; nonhuman; animals; liberal subjectivity; John Locke; Emily Dickinson; animal studies; affect theory

Article.  8405 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (19th Century) ; Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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