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Getting to the 'Meat' of the Matter : An Exploration of Literary Genre, Identity Construction, and the Role of Language in Shaping Anthropocentric Ideology through Don LePan's Animals

Abstract : This mémoire focuses on the constructed notions of human and nonhuman animal identities within Don LePan's novel Animals. As a text of science fiction, the tropes and conventions of this literary genre are explored in relation to Animals. Citing scholars such as Darko Suvin and Madhu Dubey, Animals is examined as a text which criticizes present-day Western society from an estranged point of view by linking the systematic mistreatment of nonhuman animals to the systematic mistreatment of human animals based on race, gender, or socio-economic class. Past, present, and future systems of discrimination are shown to share an intimate link in which identity of and relationship between human and nonhuman animals are constructed in order to assign and restrict privilege. LePan's novel is shown to be reflective of as well as reflecting upon modern Western society and its capitalistic use of factory farming. Extending this, the works of Carol J. Adams, Marjorie Spiegel, and Jacques Derrida are explored in order to unveil the processes which produce and maintain systematic oppression based on race, gender, socioeconomic class, or species.
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Pauline Chavez. Getting to the 'Meat' of the Matter : An Exploration of Literary Genre, Identity Construction, and the Role of Language in Shaping Anthropocentric Ideology through Don LePan's Animals. Literature. 2012. ⟨dumas-00842936⟩

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