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date: 12 May 2021

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This article investigates why nineteenth-century views of human subjectivity repeatedly cross into the terrain of the nonhuman and animals, and examines the formation of liberal subjectivity. It offers subtle readings of John Locke, Emily Dickinson, and other theorists of what has become known as animal studies. The article traces the links between the ontological questions posed by current affect theory to Lockean origins and subsequent intellectual receptions of liberal subject formation.

Keywords: human subjectivity, nonhuman, animals, liberal subjectivity, John Locke, Emily Dickinson, animal studies, affect theory

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