The Biopolitical Animal in Canadian and Environmental Studies
Abstract

An interrogation of the links between environmental and Canadian studies in recent years has moved both fields in important directions. Specifically, it has offered a more robust consideration of historicity and specificity in nature/culture entanglements, a querying of how nature and nation have shaped one another, and a thorough understanding of the idea of wilderness as a concept freighted with race, gender, class, and colonial histories. In the spirit of this interrogation, this essay suggests that a potentially fruitful new avenue of research lies in a consideration of the "question of the animal." Drawing from examples of the management of wolves in Canada, the author contends that a consideration of animals, through a range of biopolitical registers, opens up a series of new and interesting questions about both nature and nation that provide a productive research agenda for both (inter)disciplines.


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