The gatherings seek to create a comfortable and generous environment for relaxed discussion, with an aim to recognise vital alliances for our daily life and political thought. Of Animacy is always open to all.
Reading the selected text in advance is recommended but not necessary – excerpts will be read together to support open discussion.
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30 June 2020, 19:00 (EEST) / 17:00 (BST)
Of Animacy Reading Group x All Flesh is Grass: On Monstrous Sentience
The first gathering enquires into the perceived alienness and unnerving quality of our green, earthly companions in the western post-Enlightenment fantasy of human mastery over nature. Literature and film scholar Dawn Keetley’s six theses on plant horror unpick the human anxiety over our inability to contain vegetal life and how this anxiety is captured in film by the figure of the monstrous plant threatening human existence. Author Roald Dahl’s short story, The Sound Machine, however, reveals the violence embedded to many human pursuits and finds horror in our failure to perceive the vibrancy and vulnerability of non-human life.
- Dawn Keetley, ‘Six Theses on Plant Horror; or, Why Are Plants Horrifying?’, Plant Horror: Approaches to the Monstrous Vegetal in Fiction and Film (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
- Roald Dahl, ‘The Sound Machine’ (Penguin Books, 1996, originally published in The New Yorker, 1949)
- Kier-La Janisse, ‘Murder Season: The Strange World of Vegetal Detecting’, byNWR, Vol. 5, (2019): https://www.bynwr.com/articles/murder-season
- Teresa Castro, ‘The Mediated Plant’, e-flux Journal, No. 102 (September 2019): https://www.e-flux.com/journal/102/283819/the-mediated-plant/