Being Angelica? Exploring post-species animal geographies

Christopher Bear

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Abstract

The burgeoning animal geographies literature has been very successful in dissecting the concept of ?nature? and in examining the myriad ways in which animal and human lives are intertwined. This paper extends recent work which has called for greater attention to be paid to nonhuman difference. Through the brief case study of an octopus in The Deep, an aquarium in Hull, UK, the paper suggests that one potential approach to engaging nonhuman difference, and further destabilising the category ?animal? might be through individual biographies. It is argued here that doing so might not only shed light on these creatures? interactions with others but also help to give a greater sense of their lives away from and beyond the lives of others. This approach draws on recently-promoted notions of critical anthropomorphism but is driven by a desire to move beyond interactions between humans and other species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-304
Number of pages8
JournalArea
Volume43
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 07 Apr 2011

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