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Humanities 2017, 6(4), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/h6040075

Narrating Entanglement: Cixous’ “Stigmata, or Job the Dog”

Languages and Literatures of Europe and the Americas, University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu, HI 96822, USA
Received: 28 June 2017 / Revised: 26 September 2017 / Accepted: 11 October 2017 / Published: 15 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Narratology)
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Cixous’ “Stigmata, or Job the Dog” sits at the intersection of animal studies, autobiography, narrative voice, and philosophy. In this essay, I focus on narrative voice and trace its shifts—from human to entangled to animal. At the heart of this essay rest questions about what epistemological shifts are necessary vis-à-vis literature, such that an animal “voice” can be heard as a narrative voice. What would constitute a non-anthropocentric autobiography? What would constitute one narrated by, in this instance, an animal, specifically, a dog? In answering these questions, this essay at once grapples with philosophical-theoretical paradigms, with animal studies, with literary genre studies, and especially autobiography, and with narrative voice. I explore these questions with the aim of contributing to what Derrida has called zoopoetics and particularly to the study of non-anthropocentric autobiography. View Full-Text
Keywords: autobiography; genre; narratology; narrative voice; human; animal; anthropocentrism; entanglement; Cixous; dogs; zoopoetics autobiography; genre; narratology; narrative voice; human; animal; anthropocentrism; entanglement; Cixous; dogs; zoopoetics
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