Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect

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Price
$33.29
Publisher
Duke University Press
Publish Date
Pages
312
Dimensions
5.9 X 9.1 X 0.8 inches | 1.0 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780822352723

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About the Author
Mel Y. Chen is Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
Reviews
"This work is a bricolage demonstrating the dexterity of cultural studies today in its explorations of the limits of live- liness. Although the work speaks primarily to queer theory and Asian American studies, it will stir anthropologists of multiple subfields."--Rheana Salazar Parrenas "American Anthropologist"
"To read Mel Chen's book Animacies is both a challenge and a pleasure ... [it] offers critical positions that will be of interest to Asian Americanists."--Neel Ahuja "Journal of Asian American Studies"
"Chen's book touches upon many topics in Animacies and provides channels for further investigation and expansion for those who wish to study linguistics, disability studies, race, animal studies, gender, and sexuality studies."--Marissa Malady "Feminist Legal Studies"
"Animacies provides us with fresh, provocative insights into the queer possibilities of kinship and intimacies with some of the most overlooked forms of material existence. Readers will find much to admire in this book."--Cynthia Wu "TSQ"
" . . . the lucidity of Chen's histories of each of the intersecting fields of study makes these [first] chapters worth reading and teaching. The latter half . . . stands out as innovative work that advances new potentialities for cultural studies sensitive to the multivalent dimensions of relationality."--Christine Yao "College Literature"
"Chen's prose is animate; it leaps off the page and sparks in the reader both respect in Chen's outstanding linguistic ability and wonder in the flow of her prose, her mastery of theoretical sources, and the flux of her intense, immense subject. . . . Animacies is a significant addition to disability theory, gender theory, linguistic theory, queer theory, cultural theory, postcolonial studies, and feminist theory, and is the first book, in my mind, to perform a transnational, transhistorical, and interdisciplinary investigation into the concept of animacy. It is a work that would be at home in both the undergraduate and the graduate classroom (certain chapters, at least), and should be read by any scholar of feminist, queer, disability, linguistic, or postcolonial bent. In this book, Chen has perfected the impossible art of writing a book that is, somehow, all things to all people--or at least, it should be. There is something for everyone here. Animacies is a groundbreaking work of interstitial scholarship. . ."--Erin Kingsley "H-Disability, H-Net Reviews"
"Throughout the book, Chen interweaves the topics and implications of society, race, biopolitics, sexuality, disability, and queer studies as it relates to linguistics, animacy, and animacy hierarchy. Chen utilizes an immense amount of examples through pictures, historical events, and theories to cover a large amount of material. Chen's book touches upon many topics in Animacies and provides channels for further investigation and expansion for those who wish to study linguistics, disability studies, race, animal studies, gender, and sexuality studies."--Marissa Malady "Sexuality and Disability"
"Animacies is an erudite mapping of the coerciveness of cosmological hierarchies of being, of the ontological classifications that deny life to the people, phenomena, and things that they sort into impossible solitudes."--Jeffrey Jerome Cohen "GLQ"