Colonising the Nonhuman Other in Anne Haverty’s "One Day as a Tiger"
Keywords:Anne Haverty, Ecocriticism, Colonialism, Ireland, Nonhuman, Sheep
The rise of new ethical anxieties in the interaction between humans a nonhumans alike has not left human social relations and philosophical frameworks unaffected. One such framework could be argued to be ecocriticism, a tool of literary analysis that, although not exceptionally new, is not widely applied to contemporary Irish literature yet. In this article, I explore one instance of the animal trope in the novel One Day as a Tiger (1997), written by the Irishwoman Anne Haverty. The novel could explore and denounce how Irish society has not totally rejected colonialism and its anthropocentric foundation; instead, Haverty’s fictional Ireland seems to have appropriated the colonising discourse once applied to them and turned it against the nonhuman realm, especially animals, to justify their existence as an independent State. Therefore, the aim of this article is to explore if and to what extent the human protagonist of the novel otherises and reduces the nonhuman protagonist, a ewe, into a symbol of Irish nationality.
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