Disabled and vulnerable bodies in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People: transcending the human and nonhuman world

Published: 03. June 2020
Category: Humanities
Author: Shunqing Cao

Foregrounding the disabled and vulnerable bodies in British writer Indra Sinha’s novel Animal’s People (2007), this article contends that the disability and vulnerability of the human body provides an approach for re-thinking the relationship between the human and non-human world in the Anthropocene. The article seeks understandings about how conceptions of corporeal disability are intertwined with ideas about the non-human world; it also analyzes the vulnerability of the human body to toxic environments. “Disabled and vulnerable bodies in Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People” offers a close reading of various disabled and abnormal bodies in Animal’s People through material ecocriticism to question dualisms that pervade our thinking about corporeality and to suggest that the differences between human and nonhuman are not as great as we like to pretend in the Anthropocene.

Keywords: Body · Disability · Vulnerability · Trans-corporeality · Anthropocene ·
Animal’s People

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