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Ecogothic Dislocations in hanya Yanagihara's The People in the Trees

Byrne, EA (2017) Ecogothic Dislocations in hanya Yanagihara's The People in the Trees. Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies, 19 (7). pp. 962-975. ISSN 1369-801X

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Abstract

This essay reads Hanya Yanagihara’s first novel as an example of postcolonial dark archaeology. Drawing from Timothy Morton’s dark ecology and Rob Nixon’s slow violence, I argue the figure of sexual abuse and exploitation complicates notions of pristine indigeneity and corrupt anthropology, critically confusing notions of cultural, physical and ideological pollution, contamination, discovery and knowledge.

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