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Engaging Donna Haraway
Lives in the Natureculture Web

ISBN 9781032195667
Published August 18, 2022 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Engaging Donna Haraway: Lives in the Natureculture Web explores the impact of major theorist, Donna Haraway, in such diverse areas as feminisms, Marxism, new materialism, science studies, posthumanism, animal studies, ecocriticism, digital media, and life narrative.

The book shows how Haraway’s decades-long career as a major theoretical voice and provocateur of thinking about new and complex connections across technology, species, and disciplines has generated bold experiments in writing from the perspective and senses of non-human species, in photographic self-portraiture of bodily life, in animating the lives of scientists, in radical genealogy, in playful teaching methods and much more. Focusing on the ways in which Haraway’s oeuvre have affected and will continue to challenge life narrative theory and practice, the chapters in this book present cross-disciplinary perspectives which are both personal and critical. As scholars, students and activists inspired by Haraway’s work, these essays together ask all of us to think about where we place ourselves in an age of environmental crisis and how to live in a ‘natureculture web’ which is as fragile as it is beautiful.

The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of a/b: Auto/Biography Studies.

Table of Contents

1. Situating Donna Haraway in the Life-Narrative Web 
Cynthia Huff 
2. Revisiting Catland in 2019: Situating Denizens of the Chthulucene 
The Writer of The Companion-Species Manifesto Emails her Dog-People 
Donna Haraway 
Haraway and Cyborgs 
3. Life and the Technological: Cyborgs, Companions and the Chthulucene 
Kate O’Riordan 
4. Modest_Witness in the Wire: Haraway, Predictive Algorithims, and Online Profiling 
Joel Haefner 
5. More Than Props: Metaphor – A Biological Imperative 
Thyrza Nichols Goodeve 
6. Bound in the Spiral Dance: Haraway, Starhawk, and Writing Lives in Feminist Community 
Joan Haran 
Haraway and Animals 
7. From the Autobiographical Pact to the Zoetrophic Pack 
Cynthia Huff 
8. "The Jollies": A Biographical Artwork about Primatologist Alison Jolly 
Rachel Mayeri 
9. Survival Writing: Autobiography versus Primatology in the Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly 
Margaretta Jolly 
Haraway and Genre 
10. Genetic Prosopography and Caste: Natureculture in Contemporary India 
Pramod K. Nayar 
11. Linea Nigra: Posthuman M/Others 
Francesca Ferrando, Gisella Sorrentino, and Elena Cappanera 
12. Composite Lives: Making-With Our Multispecies Kin (Imagine!) 
Stephen Abblitt 
13. Registering the Self and the Registers of Self: Toward an Ethics of Collaborative Autobiography 
Parvathy Das and Vinod Balakrishnan 
Teaching and Being Taught by Haraway 
14. Haraway’s Material-Semiotic Knot: A Learning-Teaching Response for Creative-Critical Times 
Alexis Harley 
15. Soils for Making Kin: Compost, Saudade, Com-Bios 
Katie King 
First, Last, Always Haraway 
16. It Matters What Stories Tell Stories; It Matters Whose Stories Tell Stories 
Donna Haraway 

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Cynthia Huff, an English Studies Professor Emerita at Illinois State University, has co-authored with Joel Haefner, "His Master’s Voice: Animalographies, Life Writing, and the Posthuman" and authored "Framing Canine Memoirs" and "'Forward!’: National Identity, Animalographies, and the Ethics of Representation in the Posthuman Imaginary." She has also published extensively on diaries, Victorian literature, and women’s life writing.

Margaretta Jolly is Professor of Cultural Studies and directs the Centre for Life History and Life Writing Research at the University of Sussex. Her work has focused on auto/biography, letter writing and oral history, particularly in relation to women’s movements. She published Thank you, Madagascar: The Conservation Diaries of Alison Jolly, her late mother’s last book, in 2015.