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date: 03 June 2020

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This article examines some tales of feral dogs in the context of ecocriticism and critical animal studies. It discusses the concept of ferality in ethology and evolutionary biology, and considers environmentalist conceptions of ferality as a kind of biological pollution alongside the celebration of ferality in animal studies as a subversive biological tendency.. Fictional texts discussed include Eva Hornung’s novel Dog Boy, Alistair Macleod’s collection As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories and Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.

Keywords: feral animals, co-evolution, critical animal studies, ecocriticism, biological pollution, Dog Boy, Eva Hornung, As Birds Bring Forth the Sun and Other Stories, Alistair Macleod, The Call of the Wild, Jack London

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