Profile

Christopher Peterson is Associate Professor of English at Western Sydney University. His research spans a number of intersecting fields, including philosophy, American studies, African-American studies, queer studies, and posthumanism. He is the author of Kindred Specters: Death, Mourning, and American Affinity (Minnesota 2007), and Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality (Fordham 2013). His third book, Monkey Trouble: The Scandal of Posthumanism will be published by Fordham in October 2017. He is currently investigating the unstable distinction between “who” and “what” in literature and philosophy. He asks what ethico-political consequences would ensue if every who is also at the same time a what: that is, if every person is also always a thing. As an initial foray into this topic, he is completing an article on Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who that considers whether the nexus of who and what requires us to think about ethics and politics differently. What if no one ever hears a Who purified of its whatness? What if we hear every other only as a polytonal whowhat?