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Magic is afoot: Hoof marks, paw prints and the problem of writing wildly

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Poststructuralist thought developed two intriguing yet seemingly contradictory notions about textuality. The debt to poststructuralist theories of textuality therefore includes the corollary that the natural world is not one. That is, the natural world is not the binary opposite of culture or civilization. However, many writers who depict the natural world throw a monkey wrench (or perhaps a Conibear or leg-hold trap) into the poststructuralist conundrum that everything is always already textual. A consideration of river meanders, bee dances and grizzly semiotics illumines the prominent anthropocentric bias latent within the ostensibly posthumanist, poststructuralist project insofar as it boldly declares that nature is not the real but is always already cultural and textual. One of the tasks remaining in the ongoing assimilation of poststructuralist thought is to interrogate some of its European content in terms of other geographies, in North American, Canadian, Western- Canadian, even Albertan terms.

Keywords: poststructuralist; textuality



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