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Michael Lundblad

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400022

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400022.001.0001

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Bestial Humans and Sexual Animals: Zoophilia in Law and Literature

Bestial Humans and Sexual Animals: Zoophilia in Law and Literature

(p.211) Chapter 10 Bestial Humans and Sexual Animals: Zoophilia in Law and Literature

Greg Garrard

Edinburgh University Press

Garrard explores the idea and practice of zoophilia in recent legal and cultural discourses, with particular attention to relevant literary texts and films. He reads representations of animals in human sexual contexts not as allegories but as reflections upon interspecies sexuality, tracking examples that he believes dramatize provocative interspecies sexual encounters: David Garnett’s Lady into Fox, Robinson Devor’s Zoo, and Marian Engel’s Bear. Rather than reading the literary texts as allegories, Garrard insists upon reading the animals as animals, with particular attention to the narrative strategies that make it harder to see them as either defenseless creatures without agency and in need of protection, or as simply hypersexualized and masculinized bundles of instincts.

Keywords:   zoophilia, interspecies sexuality, allegory, anthropomorphism, agency, animals, “bestial humans”

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