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Animals and Authentic Life in Interwar Biopolitics and Modernism

The project shows how modernist fiction and biopolitics share the objective of expressing real life through different conceptions of the vulnerability of Creatures.

About the Project

The project "Vulnerable Creatures: Authentic Life in Interwar Modernist Fiction and Biopolitics" undertakes innovative readings of lesser known modernist writers like Djuna Barnes, Hans Henny Jahnn, and Jean Giono in a rethinking of the modernist novel's relation to discourses of life in the interwar period. The project uncovers a hitherto unappreciated affinity between discourses of life and modernism which in turn opens for engaging with history in the guise of biopolitics. The results are a critical appreciation of the role of vulnerability in nature and animals in modernist fiction relevant for animal studies, ecocriticism, and studies in the modernist novel.

Published Oct. 6, 2015 3:03 PM