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May 10, 2021 78 min

CAPTURE is a book that reveals how the drive to contain and record disappearing animals was a central feature and organizing pursuit of the nineteenth-century US cultural canon. In a conversation that ranges from references to Muybridge and Audubon, Poe and Hawthorne, Whitman and Thoreau, environmental humanities and biopolitics, presentation and representation, capture and captivity, (with a cameo from Sylvester Graham of the Graham cracker), Antoine Traisnel (author of CAPTURE) joins Michelle Neely (author of AGAINST SUSTAINABILITY) in a lively and rigorous discussion. Traisnel is assistant professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Michigan. Neely is associate professor of English at Connecticut College. This conversation was recorded in March 2021. BOOKS DISCUSSED: Capture: Against Sustainability: REFERENCES: Eadweard Muybridge James Fenimore Cooper Edgar Allan Poe Nathaniel Hawthorne Gerald Vizenor Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am Nicole Shukin Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows John James Audubon Walter Benjamin, The Arcades Project Herman Melville, Moby Dick Jeremy Bentham Michel Foucault and biopolitics Walt Whitman Lucille Clifton Henry David Thoreau Emily Dickinson Sylvester Graham (of the Graham cracker) Seed vault / Doomsday Vault

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