New Book by Postdoctoral Fellow Jason Price
July 24, 2017
Jason Price's new book, Animals and Desire in South African Fiction: Biopolitics and the Resistance to Colonization (Palgrave 2017) discusses the political potential of affective experiences of desire as reflected in contemporary South African literature. Price argues that definitions of desire deployed by capitalist and colonial culture maintain social inequality by managing relations to ensure a steady flow of capital and pleasure for the dominant classes, whereas affective encounters with animals reveal the nonhuman nature of desire, a biopower that, in its unpredictability, can frustrate regimes of management and control.Price wonders how animals' different desires might enable new modes of thought to positively transform and resist the status quo. His book contends that South African literary works employ nonhuman desire and certain indigenous notions of desire to imagine a South Africa that can be markedly different from the past.