Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Interspecies spaces : écriture féline
Author: Bristol, J. R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8503 9827
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Full text unavailable from EThOS. Please try the link below.
Access from Institution:
This research explores the potential of performative writing to spatialise relations between species in urban contexts. Using the concept of dorsality (Wills, 2008), the research aims to articulate unforeseen sensory, material and inscriptive forces which configure interspecies relations. Curious about more-than-human capacities for shaping built environments, the research explores material, gestural and spatial qualities of writing to articulate the agencies and habitats of animals with whom we share worlds-in-the-making. Catalysed by observations that built environments displace and contain animals, this research surveys critical perspectives on the economies by which discourses of species are entangled with those of space. If animals are influential but unspoken in architecture (Ingraham, 2006) and a 'medium' of artistic production (Baker, 2012), ethological practices by which they condition knowledge are animated in the emergent field of Critical Animal Studies (Haraway, 2008; Despret, 2013). Alongside these perspectives, the research references feminist performative writing practices (Pollock, 1998; Cixous, 1976; Rendell, 2011) to situate the embodiments and dynamics through which species co-script space. Drawing on dorsality's imbrication of organic and mechanical forces as a technology of language, the research uses performative writing to study human relations with felines - a family of species whose interfaces with built environments range from ubiquitous to precarious. As a performative writing practice, écriture féline emerges in response to encounters with real, represented, domesticated and free-ranging felines in sites of trans-Atlantic colonial modernity. Its findings are assembled in a two-part artists' book, bound within the thesis. While one part (Essays) textually delineates the ways in which feline-human relations shape built environments, the other (Figures) turns to writing's potential to animate more-thantextual and more-than-human worlds.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available