Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2020

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

English and Comparative Literature

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



This project argues that postwar artists of color—Toni Morrison, Charles Johnson, Octavia Butler, Ruth Ozeki, Boots Riley, Art Spiegelman—formulated the relationship between race and species for a multispecies ethics. "Race and Species" redresses the schism between animal studies and scholarship on race, two fields that regard the comparison between racialized humans and nonhuman animals as either expedient for animal liberation or appropriative of racial violence. Juxtaposing material from the Enlightenment history of science with twentieth-century aesthetic objects, "Race and Species" illustrates how postwar authors suture together and revise the material, rhetorical, and ethical connections between race and species. "


English (en)

Chair and Committee

Anca Parvulescu

Committee Members

Rafia Zafar, William J. Maxwell, Long Le-Khac, Rebecca Wanzo,

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