Otherness and the Arts: Global Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Otherness and Alterity in Literature, Film and Culture

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Sune Borkfelt - Speaker

Presented the paper "Non-Human Otherness: Animals as Others and Devices for Othering". Abstract In this paper, I argue – using a number of examples from representations of non-human animals – that there are close connections between the exotic otherness of animals in Occidental representations and the othering of some human groups. Therefore, discourse on imperialism, colonialism and postcolonialism provides a framework within which the connections between human and non-human otherness may be explored. Moreover, I argue that there is a need for discussing new ways of representing non-human animals in order to avoid traditional othering and stereotypes. Some authors, such as J.M. Coetzee and Barbara Gowdy, have tried to grapple with issues of animal alterity in their fiction and have benefitted from their postcolonial context in doing so. Yet both the traditional stereotypes of animal otherness and contemporary attempts at dispensing with these raise other questions and dilemmas when it comes to representing non-human animals.
8 Aug 20089 Aug 2008

Conference

ConferenceOtherness and the Arts: Global Conference on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Otherness and Alterity in Literature, Film and Culture
CountryDenmark
CityÅrhus
Period09/08/200809/08/2008

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