동물-타자에 대한 실코의 스토리텔링에 나타나는 포스트휴머니스트적 윤리-정치성

Title
동물-타자에 대한 실코의 스토리텔링에 나타나는 포스트휴머니스트적 윤리-정치성
Other Titles
The Posthumanist Ethico-politicality in Silko's Storytelling of the Animal-Other
Author(s)
정진만
Keywords
실코; 스토리텔링; 포스트휴머니즘; 동물; 공감; Silko; storytelling; posthumanism; animal; sympathy
Issue Date
201406
Publisher
경희대학교(국제캠퍼스) 비교문화연구소
Citation
비교문화연구, v.35, pp.7 - 34
Abstract
The Posthumanist Ethico-politicality in Silko's Storytelling of the Animal-Other Jin Man Jeong (Chung-Ang University) This essay explores how Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony and Storyteller encourage human's sympathetic relationship with the nonhuman animal-Other, paying attention to her posthumanist voices against anthropocentric mistreatment of animals which is inseparable from white Americans' environmental and racio-ethnic subjugation of nature and Natives in the colonialist history of the United States. As a way of dissolving the problematic anthropocentrism and embracing the animal-Other as a fellow creature, Silko employs and transforms Native American oral tradition in her own idiosyncratic posthumanist storytelling. In order to highlight the ethico-political examination of the animal issue in her storytelling, this essay refers to contemporary posthumanist thinkers such as Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben, and Gilles Deleuze who are all in their own ways critically engaged with Western metaphysical anthropocentrism. Arguably, in a similar vein with the posthumanist critics, Silko disrupts the mischievous hierarchical opposition of humans/animals that have directly or obliquely warranted violence against the animal-Other. In order to demonstrate Silko's ethico-politicality concerning the animal issue, this essay inquires her critical perception of humans' misunderstanding (or misbehavior) toward animals in terms of the suffering and death of animals. Besides, Silko's posthumanist storytelling of the animal's gaze (as Derrida notes as an event of revealing human aporia and vulnerability) and "in-between" (as a reification of crossing the boundary of humans/animals) is discussed with the exemplification of Tayo's encounter with a mountain lion and a bear-man Shush. The posthumanist approach to thinking about the animal-Other in Ceremony and Storyteller would shed light on the ethico-political significances of Silko's storytelling in our time in peril of losing the tie between humans and nonhuman animals.
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/YU.REPOSITORY/31690
ISSN
1598-0685
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