restricted access Wildlifewriting?: Animal Stories and Indigenous Claims in Ernest Thompson Seton’s Wild Animals I Have Known

This essay examines nature writer Ernest Thompson Seton’s 1898 short story collection Wild Animals I Have Known, considering the implications of moving beyond simply representing nature to reckoning with the non-human other as a subject of self-inscription. Seton’s popular animal stories represent a moment of cultural tension between resistant and colonizing discourses about nature in the late nineteenth century: they both propose the radical possibility of discursive agency within nature and limit the subversive potential of that agency by framing it within then-current conventions of modernity that involve nostalgia for a inexorably vanishing wilderness. In this, Wild Animals I Have Known mirrors contemporary anxieties about the inscriptive agency of Aboriginal cultural others.