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Multispecies Modernity

Disorderly Life in Postcolonial Literature

By Sundhya Walther
Subjects Literary Criticism, Environmental Studies
Series Environmental Humanities Hide Details
Hardcover : 9781771125208, 238 pages, June 2021

Table of contents

Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Disorderly Multispecies Living
2. The Wild: Tracking Tigers through the Discourse of Conservation
Provocation 1: Sakshi Gupta
3. The Body: Ahimsa and the Politics of Vegetarianism
Provocation 2: Sujatro Ghosh
4. The Home: Narrative Violence and Counternarrative Companionship
Provocation 3: Jagannath Panda
5. The City: Denizens of Modernity in Delhi and Mumbai
6. The Zoo: Postscript

How animals come together in the spaces of contemporary India


Multispecies Modernity: Disorderly Life in Postcolonial Literature considers relationships between animals and humans in the iconic spaces of postcolonial India: the wild, the body, the home, and the city. Using a diverse range of texts, including fiction, journalism, life writing, film, and visual art, this book argues that a uniquely Indian way of being modern is born in these spaces of disorderly multispecies living.

Bringing together the fields of animal studies and postcolonial studies, Multispecies Modernity explores how these fields can complicate and enrich one another. Each chapter considers a zone of proximity between human and nonhuman beings. These spaces link animal-human relations to a politics of postcolonial identity by transgressing the logics of modernity imposed on the postcolonial nation. Disorderly multispecies living is a resistance to the hygiene of modernity and a powerful alliance between human and nonhuman subalterns.

In bringing an animal studies perspective to postcolonial writing and art, this book not only offers a way to interpret these texts that does justice to their significance, but also proposes both an ethics of representation and an ethics of reading that have wider implications for the study of relationships between human and nonhuman animals in literature and in life.