In the midst of spiraling ecological devastation, multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway offers provocative new ways to reconfigure our relations to the earth and all its inhabitants. She eschews referring to our current epoch as the Anthropocene, preferring to conceptualize it as what she calls the Chthulucene, as it more aptly and fully describes our epoch as one in which the human and nonhuman are inextricably linked in tentacular practices. The Chthulucene, Haraway explains, requires sym-poiesis, or making-with, rather than auto-poiesis, or self-making. Learning to stay with the trouble of living and dying together on a damaged earth will prove more conducive to the kind of thinking that would provide the means to building more livable futures. Theoretically and methodologically driven by the signifier SF—string figures, science fact, science fiction, speculative feminism, speculative fabulation, so far—Staying with the Trouble further cements Haraway’s reputation as one of the most daring and original thinkers of our time.
“Awash in Urine,” chapter 5, begins with personal and intimate relations, luxuriating in the consequences of following estrogens that connect an aging woman and her elder dog, speciﬁcally, me and my companion and research associate Cayenne. Before the threads of the string ﬁgure have been tracked far, remembering their cyborg littermates, woman and dog ﬁnd themselves in histories of veterinary research, Big Pharma, horse farming for estrogen, zoos, DES feminist activism, interrelated animal rights and women’s health actions, and much more. Intensely inhabiting speciﬁc bodies and places as the means to cultivate the capacity to respond to worldly urgencies with each other is the core theme.
- Introduction and customer reviews on amazon and goodreads.
- Donna Haraway lectures at the San Francisco Art Institute, April 25, 2017.
- Chapter 5 Awash in Urine DES and Premarin in Multispecies Response-ability is lightly revised from Women’s Studies Quarterly 40, nos. 3/4 (spring/summer 2012): 301 – 16.
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