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Capture: American Pursuits and the Making of a New Animal Condition

dc.contributor.authorTraisnel, Antoine
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-04T20:37:59Z
dc.date.available2020-11-04T20:37:59Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-4529-6597-0
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2027.42/163498
dc.descriptionFrom Audubon’s still-life watercolors to Muybridge’s trip-wire locomotion studies, from Melville’s epic chases to Poe’s detective hunts, the nineteenth century witnessed a surge of artistic, literary, and scientific treatments that sought to “capture” the truth of animals at the historical moment when animals were receding from everyday view. In Capture, Antoine Traisnel reveals how the drive to contain and record disappearing animals was a central feature and organizing pursuit of the nineteenth-century U.S. cultural canon. Capture offers a critical genealogy of the dominant representation of animals as elusive, precarious, and endangered that came to circulate widely in the nineteenth century. Traisnel argues that “capture” is deeply continuous with the projects of white settler colonialism and the biocapitalist management of nonhuman and human populations, demonstrating that the desire to capture animals in representation responded to and normalized the systemic disappearance of animals effected by unprecedented changes in the land, the rise of mass slaughter, and the new awareness of species extinction. Tracking the prototyping of biopolitical governance and capitalist modes of control, Traisnel theorizes capture as a regime of vision by which animals came to be seen, over the course of the nineteenth century, as at once unknowable and yet understood in advance—a frame by which we continue to encounter animals today.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis book is freely available in an open access edition thanks to TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)—a collaboration of the Association of American Universities, the Association of University Presses, and the Association of Research Libraries—and the generous support of the University of Michigan's College of Literature, Science & the Arts and the Provost Office.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Minnesota Pressen_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
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dc.titleCapture: American Pursuits and the Making of a New Animal Conditionen_US
dc.typeBooken_US
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelInformation Sciences
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelSocial Sciences
dc.contributor.affiliationumMPublishing, University Libraryen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumComparative Literatureen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumEnglish Language and Literatureen_US
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampusAnn Arboren_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.5749/9781452965970
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