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Title: Contesting the man-eater animal(ity): changing paradigms of the colonial-colonised relationship
Authors: Rani P.
Kumar, Nagendra
Published in: Neohelicon
Abstract: This article is about the Indian man-eater tiger, through Jim Corbett’s narratives, as an anthropocentric construct of animality in British India at the beginning of the twentieth century. During this transformative phase, the masculine idea of unrestricted sportsmanship against tigers struggles for its validity in the surge of game preservation. The paper argues, forthwith it is the hunting of a man-eater tiger that reinforces the British Crown’s hegemony in the subcontinent by studying Corbett as a sort of metonym for imperial legitimacy that protected Indian populations from predation. The analysis sheds light on the politicisation of an animal’s animality by highlighting a rare view of colonialism when the imperial power targets man–animal conflict via sharpening the biopolitical congeniality between the coloniser (the state) and the colonised human population. The paper advances on how the colonial and post-colonial state power unevenly exert the notion of conservation by infringing a tiger’s identity from biopolitical to necropolitical subject when species (human and animal) share antagonistic spaces. © 2021, Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary.
Citation: Neohelicon, 48(2): 751-768
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media B.V.
Keywords: Animal(ity)
Jim Corbett
ISSN: 3244652
Author Scopus IDs: 57194566521
Author Affiliations: Rani, P., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Kumar, N., Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Roorkee, Uttarakhand 247667, India
Funding Details: We are incredibly grateful to the anonymous reviewer for his/her comments and recommendations that have enriched this article. Acknowledgement is equally due to Peter Hajdu, Editor-in-chief, Neohelicon , for providing us the sufficient time for revising this paper. We also thank Prashant Maurya, a fellow researcher, for his insightful suggestions on this paper.
Corresponding Author: Rani, P.; Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, India; email:
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