Bug bytes: Insects, information, and interspecies theatricality

Una Chaudhuri

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This essay uses an animal studies perspective to situate Tracy Letts's 1996 play Bug at a particularly fraught and complex moment in the long history of an "insect imaginary," which has variously registered and managed humans' intense ambivalence toward insects. The complexity includes a dawning recognition - alongside a reluctant admission - that insect species may not be as alien as we have traditionally styled them. In Bug, as in a variety of other recent insect representations, a revisioning of the insect imaginary is linked to a digitally inflected post-humanism in which decentered intelligence and distributed agency offer a welcome alternative to individualistic - selfcentered - modes of political and artistic expression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)321-334
Number of pages14
JournalTheatre Journal
Volume65
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

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Bug bytes : Insects, information, and interspecies theatricality. / Chaudhuri, Una.

In: Theatre Journal, Vol. 65, No. 3, 01.10.2013, p. 321-334.

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Chaudhuri, Una. / Bug bytes : Insects, information, and interspecies theatricality. In: Theatre Journal. 2013 ; Vol. 65, No. 3. pp. 321-334.
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