In Between the Closet and the Wild: Queer Animality in Contemporary China

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2023

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This thesis investigates the intersections between queer and posthuman studies, exploring how animality can serve as a force for queer movements. Drawing on the theories of Eve Sedgwick and Jack Halberstam, this project proposes the existence of an intermediate space between the domestic and the wild, which is linked by queer movements. Particularly, by examining three queer works from Hong Kong and Taiwan, this project demonstrates how animality provides resources and imaginative space for queering to transgress fixed features and identities. The works examined in this project queer taxonomies, language, species, bodies, and sexualities, opening up infinite possibilities for becoming. In this way, it intends to inspire new ways of thinking about identity, community, and the natural world.

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Wang, Yidan (2023). In Between the Closet and the Wild: Queer Animality in Contemporary China. Master's thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/27831.

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