Dragon Lovers and Plant Politics: Queering the Nonhuman in Hoa Pham’s Wave and Ellen Van Neerven’s “Water”

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Abstract

This article examines strategies of queering the nonhuman in two texts: Vietnamese Australian author Hoa Pham’s novel Wave and Indigenous Australian author Ellen Van Neerven’s eco-novella “Water.” In these texts, queer signifies non-normative sexuality and a restless process facilitating the dynamic relationship between self and environment in diasporic and postcolonial contexts. The human-nonhuman coupling of queer desire illuminates posthuman relations as a site for alternative political becoming. Reading these texts as examples of a localized queer ecology, this article interrogates how imaginations of nature and place can bridge queer theory, ecocriticism, and Asian diasporic and Indigenous speculative fiction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1048-1065
Number of pages18
JournalISLE Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
Volume28
Issue number3
Early online date20 Sep 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2021

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