Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

The research and writing of this book were made possible by fellowships and grants from the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada, the University of Alberta, and the Province of Alberta. I am grateful to members of the Department of English at the University of Victoria,...

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Introduction: New Life Forms and Functions of Animal Fetishism

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pp. 1-47

In 2002, Maclean’s magazine, one of Canada’s oldest national newsweeklies, ran an advertisement configuring the nation as a beaver spread out across the page like a dissection specimen.1 The beaver’s internal organization is bared to encyclopedic view, with...

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Chapter 1. Rendering’s Modern Logics

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pp. 49-86

Michael Taussig opens Mimesis and Alterity: A Particular History of the Senses (1993) with the dizzying scene of “the ape aping humanity’s aping” from Franz Kafka’s short story “A Report to an Academy.”1 The narrator in Kafka’s story has been invited by...

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Chapter 2. Automobility: The Animal Capital of Cars, Films, and Abattoirs

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pp. 87-130

The birth of Fordism is routinely sourced to the year 1913, when Henry Ford “set in motion the first example of assembly-line production in Dearborn, Michigan.”1 In citing Ford’s Highland Park plant in Dearborn as North America’s “first example of assembly-line production,” the...

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Chapter 3. Telemobility: Telecommunication’s Animal Currencies

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pp. 131-179

Over the course of the 1780s in Bologna, Italy, an anatomist and obstetrician by the name of Luigi Galvani standardized the practice of inducing electrical reflexes out of severed frog legs to demonstrate his theorem of animal electricity.1 In Commentary on the Effect...

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Chapter 4. Biomobility: Calculating Kinship in an Era of Pandemic Speculation

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pp. 181-223

In the guerrilla rescue operation composing the opening scene of the movie 28 Days Later (directed by Danny Boyle, 2002), British animal rights activists break into a London laboratory to release its captive simian subjects. They find live chimpanzees locked inside glass...

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Postscript: Animal Cannibalism in the Capitalist Globe-Mobile

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pp. 225-232

Globalization popularly connotes a swirling mise-en-abyme of mobiles inside mobiles, of media inside media. Zooming in from the “globe mobile”—from an earth that is in its entirety now subsumed, albeit unevenly, by the flows and forces of capital—one narrows in on arteries...

Notes

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pp. 233-283

Index

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pp. 285-306