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“Getting His Goat: Desire, Subjectivity, and Animal Husbandry in Robinson Crusoe”

On Thursday, 2/28, Professor Paul Kelleher will give a talk titled “Getting His Goat: Desire, Subjectivity, and Animal Husbandry in Robinson Crusoe,” from 3:30-5:00pm, in 1210 McClung Tower.

In “Getting His Goat,” Professor Paul Kelleher explores the ways in which Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (1719) can be understood as a deep—often opaque and contradictory—meditation on how human subjectivity is produced through the interrelations between human and nonhuman animals. Kelleher further reveals how the practices of animal husbandry are central to the novel’s obsession with the questions of “desire” and “mastery.”

Paul Kelleher is Associate Professor of English at Emory University and the Director of Emory’s Disability Studies Initiative. His first book, Making Love: Sentiment and Sexuality in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, examines how eighteenth-century British literature and philosophy fashioned an ideological alliance between heterosexual desire and moral feeling.

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