Book Excerpt! Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question (introduction)

Bénédicte Boisseron’s Afro-Dog hones in, acutely and in detail, on the often-unhappy convergence of ‘animal’ and ‘black’ in current and historical thought, deftly dismantling their rhetorical obfuscations while sacrificing neither ‘the animal’ nor ‘the black.’ Instead, she calls for attending to human-animal encounters through the lens of black and animal defiance, a kind of subversive interspecies alliance that could empower both.

~ Carla Freccero, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Read the introduction to Afro-Dog: Blackness and the Animal Question, by Bénédicte Boisseron. In this work, Boisseron investigates the relationship between race and the animal in the history and culture of the Americas and the black Atlantic, exposing a hegemonic system that compulsively links and opposes blackness and animality to measure the value of life.

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