Feminist Legal Studies

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 105–108 | Cite as

Noreen Giffney, Myra J. Hird (eds.): Queering the Non/Human

Ashgate, Aldershot, 2008, xv + 384 pp, Price £60.00 (HB), ISBN 978-0-7546-7128-2
  • Marie Fox
Book Review

The essays in this collection have two central aims—first to broaden and diversify the field of queer theory beyond its association with homosexuality and homoeroticism, and secondly to interrogate the concept of the human through an emphasis on the inhuman. It takes as its starting point Jeffrey Cohen’s contention that anthropocentrism and humanism are inherent in much queer theorising, which “limit[s] itself to the same contours of the human form” (Cohen 2003, p. 40). Employing a variety of theoretical perspectives (although the influences of Haraway, Edelman, Deleuze and Guattari, in particular, loom large) and cultural studies methodologies, the collection seeks to explore how the concepts of the ‘queer’ and ‘the human’ may be understood and the various ways in which they interact.

Although the subject matter of the essays is eclectic, the contributors are in agreement that a broad and relational understanding of queer theory is required. In their introduction, the editors,...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawKeele UniversityStaffordshireUK

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