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Queer Disability, Postcolonial Feminism and the Monsters of Evolution

McCormack, Donna (2018) Queer Disability, Postcolonial Feminism and the Monsters of Evolution In: A Feminist Companion to the Posthumanities. Springer International Publishing, pp. 153-164. ISBN 978-3-319-62140-1

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This article offers an original analysis of contemporary representations of evolutionary theory. It does so by turning to the lesser-known work of evolutionary biologist Richard Goldschmidt, who placed the “hopeful monster” at the heart of evolution. Diverging from the critiques of evolutionary theory as a colonial, able-ist, racist and misogynist discourse, this article proposes Goldschmidt’s The Material Basis of Evolution as the potential to reconfigure feminist, postcolonial, crip and queer approaches to narratives of origins. Focusing on the ever-rising presence of macromutation in contemporary literary and visual texts, this article offers an important contribution to feminist, postcolonial, crip and queer thinking on inter- and intra-relationality between species and environments, on difference, and on the temporality of species development. It situates its analysis of Hiromi Goto’s Hopeful Monsters in contemporary Canadian politics of colonisation, multiculturalism and the increased medicalisation of racialised and disabled bodies. In so doing, if offers a considerable contribution to the analysis of the necropolitical landscape of postcolonial belonging, addressing how little known theories of evolution may challenge such structural inequalities and violence.

Item Type: Book Section
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Literature and Languages
Authors :
Editors :
Braidotti, Rosi
Åsberg, Cecilia
Date : 18 May 2018
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-62140-1_13
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2017 Springer International Publishing AG
Uncontrolled Keywords : Hopeful Monsters; Hiromi Goto; Richard Goldschmidt; Postcolonial Theory; Queer Theory; Evolutionary Theory
Additional Information : This companion is a cutting-edge primer to critical forms of the posthumanities and the feminist posthumanities, aimed at students and researchers who want to catch up with the recent theoretical developments in various fields in the humanities, such as new media studies, gender studies, cultural studies, science and technology studies, human animal studies, postcolonial critique, philosophy and environmental humanities. It contains a collection of nineteen new and original short chapters introducing influential concepts, ideas and approaches that have shaped and developed new materialism, inhuman theory, critical posthumanism, feminist materialism, and posthuman philosophy. A resource for students and teachers, this comprehensive volume brings together established international scholars and emerging theorists, for timely and astute definitions of a moving target – posthuman humanities and feminist posthumanities.
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 10 Aug 2017 15:01
Last Modified : 25 Jun 2018 13:30

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