Professor Antoine Traisnel of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will be discussing his book, Capture: American Pursuits and the Making of a New Animal Condition. Capture examines the literary and scientific discourse around animal representations in the nineteenth century in the United States. Traisnel writes, “Capture names the paradoxical regime of vision by which animals came to be seen as at once unknowable yet understood in advance—a frame by which we continue to encounter animals today.” Examining relationships with animals including hunting, livestock, factory farming, pets, and placements in zoos and museums, Traisnel examines how animals “form the nexus where biopolitical relationships get worked out.”
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
and of English Language and Literature,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Thursday, November 9th, 2023
Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall