Abstract: This essay, in a special issue of Pacific Coast Philology devoted to the environmental humanities, considers how modes of reading (e.g., reading animal allegory as a reflection of strictly human concerns) are disrupted in narratives of environmental harm, which oblige us view the connections between the human and non-human realms. The essay uses Patrick Chamoiseau's novel Les neuf consciences du malfini, an animal tale centrally concerned with habitat toxicity in Martinique, as its exemplary text.
"Poisoned Animal, Polluted Form: Chamoiseau’s Birds at the Limits of Allegory"
Richard Watts. "Poisoned Animal, Polluted Form: Chamoiseau’s Birds at the Limits of Allegory." Pacific Coast Philology (2012): 177-193.