Abstract

El niño pez (The Fish Child), a 2004 Argentine novel about an interracial lesbian couple narrated by a dog, illustrates some of the central challenges and desires of animal studies, particularly those involved in overcoming humanism, sexism, and racism. By presenting the readers with a story of same-sex, interclass, and interracial coupling narrated by an eloquent pet dog, The Fish Child appears to stage a series of sexual, interspecies, and class transgressions. However, the novel instead stages a central problem of our neoliberal times: simply violating traditional boundaries and hierarchies is not inevitably transgressive of the social order but can actually represent hegemonic ideologies. Putting this Argentine novel in dialogue with Anglo-European animal and queer studies, we demonstrate some of the transnational commonalities and epistemological challenges of speciesism, sexism, and racism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-6490
Print ISSN
0003-0678
Pages
pp. 711-733
Launched on MUSE
2013-09-20
Open Access
No
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