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Animals and Desire in South African Fiction

Biopolitics and the Resistance to Colonization


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)

About this book


This book considers the political potential of affective experiences of desire as reflected in contemporary South African literature. Jason Price argues that definitions of desire deployed by capitalist and colonial culture maintain social inequality by managing relations to ensure a steady flow of capital and pleasure for the dominant classes, whereas affective encounters with animals reveal the nonhuman nature of desire, a biopower that, in its unpredictability, can frustrate regimes of management and control. Price wonders how animals’ different desires might enable new modes of thought to positively transform and resist the status quo. This book contends that South African literary works employ nonhuman desire and certain indigenous notions of desire to imagine a South Africa that can be markedly different from the past.


South African Fiction Animals Biopolitics Ethics Contemporary Literature Politics of Affect

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of North AlabamaFlorenceUSA

About the authors

Jason D. Price is a postdoctoral fellow of African and Anglophone Postcolonial Literatures at Virginia Commonwealth University. He has previously published articles on animals in film and animals and subjectivity in postcolonial literature.

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