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This assortment examines the query of nonhuman animal organisation via transferring emphasis from the human point of view towards that of alternative animals, exploring modes of animal resistance to human behaviors, and contemplating the methods the presence of animals refracts human notions like company and species.
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A possum can play dead, but it cannot take on the character of a raccoon. Here is at least one limitation on animal agency; of course, human agency is not without its own limitations as well. While Marvin and Desmond discuss the framing of performance in terms of spectator perception, others focus on the animal trainer’s role as framer.
But it is the narrative that completes the drama of the race event. The narratives that concern me are those in which the horse plays the part of protagonist 3 Sullivan, “Horseman,” 53. com/pb-dyn/. 5 Sullivan, “Horseman,” 54. 4 the racehorse as protagonist 47 and the conflict faced is the competition of the race. Part of the construction of the narrative involves reading, or framing, the horse’s behavior as a desire to win or a disappointment in loss. ”6 I interpret the thoroughbreds’ actions as performance in order to query what the animals may actually be aware of and what is merely perceived as awareness by the people who watch them.
However, the dolphins have not received any attention or recognition as such. Overall, the actions of the bottlenose dolphins and orca whales recalled and discussed in this essay are surely a testament to the everpresent yet largely unattended to embodied agency of whale individuals in captive environments. Acts of avoiding touch, stealing fish trays and ambushing gulls suggest that the whales are expressing “cracks in consent;”63 that is, they may be demonstrating a kind of resistance to the routine ways things are done in these places, to the hegemony of captivity.
Animals and Agency (Human-Animal Studies) by Sarah E. McFarl, Ryan Hediger, Sarah E. McFarland