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Oct 12
16:00 - 17:15
Animal Trophies and Colonial Atrophy: Exploring the Image of Trophy Hunting in Contemporary Literature, Film and Art' —Matthew Whittle (Kent)
Postcolonial Seminar series

'Animal Trophies and Colonial Atrophy: Exploring the Image of TrophyHunting in Contemporary Literature, Film and Art' —MatthewWhittle (Kent)

In this paper I explore how trophy hunting is not simply a marginal, leisure activity but is inextricably linked with colonialism, taxonomy and the acquisition of knowledge: the dominance of the colonial hunter over the colonized environment involves a corresponding dominance of Western knowledge over subordinated indigenous epistemologies. At the same time, the hunted animal has its own agency and thus resists the imperialist desire to represent the colonial terrain as a passive or a blank slate ready for mapping by Westernexperts. In the hunted and displayed animal we have the embodiment of a paradox – that of a dominance that is perpetually undermined and destabilised. I will examine the different ways in which this paradox informs contemporary engagements with the imagery of trophy hunting across the artworks of Walton Ford, the 2017 film Get Out, and Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad (2017).

Location

KS1,
Keynes College,
University of Kent,
Canterbury,
Kent,
CT2 7NP
United Kingdom
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Contact: Caroline Rooney
E: C.R.Rooney@kent.ac.uk
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