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Narrative bodies and nonhuman transformations

Marco Caracciolo (UGent) and Shannon Lambert (UGent)
(2019) SUB-STANCE. 48(3). p.45-63
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Abstract
In this essay, we identify and discuss three motifs that enable literary narrative to perform a shift from a phenomenological, common-sense understanding of the body to the far more challenging nonhuman corporeality articulated by poststructuralist theorists in dialogue with Deleuze and Guattari's work. We argue that such reconceptualization of the body via narrative form aligns closely with contemporary debates surrounding the Anthropocene and material, as well as nonhuman, turns. We illustrate the three motifs-which we label metamorphosis, blending, and unraveling-through the analysis of passages from contemporary novels that engage, in deeply embodied terms, with environmental issues.

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Caracciolo, Marco, and Shannon Lambert. “Narrative Bodies and Nonhuman Transformations.” SUB-STANCE, vol. 48, no. 3, 2019, pp. 45–63.
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Caracciolo, M., & Lambert, S. (2019). Narrative bodies and nonhuman transformations. SUB-STANCE, 48(3), 45–63.
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Caracciolo, Marco, and Shannon Lambert. 2019. “Narrative Bodies and Nonhuman Transformations.” SUB-STANCE 48 (3): 45–63.
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Caracciolo, Marco, and Shannon Lambert. 2019. “Narrative Bodies and Nonhuman Transformations.” SUB-STANCE 48 (3): 45–63.
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Caracciolo M, Lambert S. Narrative bodies and nonhuman transformations. SUB-STANCE. 2019;48(3):45–63.
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M. Caracciolo and S. Lambert, “Narrative bodies and nonhuman transformations,” SUB-STANCE, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 45–63, 2019.
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  abstract     = {In this essay, we identify and discuss three motifs that enable literary narrative to perform a shift from a phenomenological, common-sense understanding of the body to the far more challenging nonhuman corporeality articulated by poststructuralist theorists in dialogue with Deleuze and Guattari's work. We argue that such reconceptualization of the body via narrative form aligns closely with contemporary debates surrounding the Anthropocene and material, as well as nonhuman, turns. We illustrate the three motifs-which we label metamorphosis, blending, and unraveling-through the analysis of passages from contemporary novels that engage, in deeply embodied terms, with environmental issues.},
  author       = {Caracciolo, Marco and Lambert, Shannon},
  issn         = {0049-2426},
  journal      = {SUB-STANCE},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {45--63},
  title        = {Narrative bodies and nonhuman transformations},
  volume       = {48},
  year         = {2019},
}

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