The Bison and the Cow: Eating Animals in the Time of Extinction

John Levi Barnard

College of Wooster

John Levi Barnard is an assistant professor of English at the College of Wooster, specializing in American literature before 1900 and the environmental humanities. He is the author of Empire of Ruin: Black Classicism and American Imperial Culture (New York: Oxford UP, 2017) and his work has appeared in American Literature and PMLA. He was awarded the 2016 Annette Kolodny Prize by the Environment and Culture Caucus of the American Studies Association for work drawn from his book in progress, Fish, Flesh, Fowl: American Literature in the Time of Extinction.


John Levi Barnard’s paper considers the entwined histories of the bison and the cow within the contexts of US imperial expansion and industrialization. This story is typically framed—as in the writings of Owen Wister,... [ view full abstract ]


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P38 » Ecologies of Empire (10:15 - Friday, 23rd March, Enchantment B)

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