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Recomposing the Slut: Feminist Taxidermic Practice in Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things (2019)


In her novel The Natural Way of Things (2016), Charlotte Wood investigates how taxidermic tactics participate in creating contemporary Australian gender relations. She documents how women who resist patriarchal ordering are assigned the status of taxidermic animal-objects as they are composed as sluts. Rather than simply critiquing the objectification of women or seeking to restore women marked as deviant to human status, Wood utilizes the position of the animal-object to challenge patriarchal constructions of the human and to illuminate the insights that become available from positions other than the human, signaling possibilities for feminist taxidermic practice.

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Authors & Contributors
Hansen, Kathryn Strong
Gill, Josie
Ahmed, Sara
Middleton, Peter
Sabo, Garth Jerome
Michaelsen, Scott
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Duke University Press
University of Chicago Press
Michigan State University
Columbia University
Cambridge University Press
Science and literature
Literary analysis
Feminist analysis
Poetry and poetics
Teaching; pedagogy
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
Stephenson, Neal
Mayer, Bernadette
Coolidge, Clark
Poe, Edgar Allan
Hardy, Thomas
United States
Great Britain
21st century
19th century
20th century
20th century, late
Australian Museum

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