the Human as Non-Human and Vice Versa


In the two previous chapters symbols and anthropomorphism were explored as strategies designed to represent the Non–Human experience in various ways. It is clear that the more closely identified with the Non–Human the fictive world becomes, then the more its representational strategies will tend towards the blurring or challenging of the boundary between the human and the Non–Human. Indeed, it might be said that in texts where this boundary is allowed to become porous there is a striving towards the impossible task of actually reproducing what it is to be an animal. In this chapter a different strategy, the strategy of transformation, will be examined and this will demonstrate the ways in which the human/Non–Human divide and the mysterious difference between the two worlds may be crossed.


Sexual Encounter Human Form Literary Representation Human World Representational Strategy 
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