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Eating the Ocean

Elspeth Probyn
Elspeth Probyn

Elspeth Probyn is Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney and the author of Blush: Faces of Shame and Carnal Appetites: FoodSexIdentities.


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Mermaids, Fishwives, and Herring Quines: Gendering the More-Than-Human

November 2016

Chapter 4 examines the gender, class, and ethnic blindness in current academic debates about the Anthropocene. It relates stories of the women who followed the herring in Scotland in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and the feminist accounts of how ignoring women’s knowledge was implicated in the great fishing crisis of 1992, when the Grand Banks cod fishery was closed down. Across these stories, it relates how the more-than-human must also be considered in its gender, queer, class, and ethnic dimensions.

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