Climate change and industrialization have introduced new tensions to human-animal interactions in the United States—tensions explored in
Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy (2003-2013). Tying the world of the novels to real-life trends, I examine MaddAddam’s portrayal of
animals as commodities and objects of consumption, both literal and metaphorical; uncover sites of animal agency; and identify examples
of liminality, “becoming-animal,” “becoming-with animal,” and symbiosis. I urge readers to move beyond both apocalyptic resignation and
ecotopian naïveté, using MaddAddam as an inspiration for more thoughtful engagements among humans, animals, and the environment.
University of Minnesota Final Project. Summer 2014. Degree: Master of Liberal Studies. Advisor: Jen Caruso. 1 computer file (PDF)
Franken, Jessica C..
Children of Oryx, Children of Crake: Human-Animal Relationships in Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam Trilogy.
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