‘Mensen genoeg die voor vos, varken of lam worden uitgemaakt. Maar omgekeerd?’ | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 1876-9071
  • E-ISSN: 2214-5729



This article aims to highlight the yet unexplored zoopoetical relation of the Dutch writer and artist Charlotte Mutsaers (1942-) to the famous animal fables of Jean de la Fontaine. A couple of important animal configurations will be identified in Mutsaers’s work through the analysis of animal discursive devices and metamorphoses in La Fontaine. In this respect, La Fontaine’s fable ‘La Chatte métamorphosée en femme’ (‘The cat metamorphosed into a woman’) (1688-1693) will be compared with Mutsaers’s novel (2008). The literary-philosophical frameworks of metamorphosis and hybridity as well as the becoming-animal motif, drawn from research in the (), will prove useful to show how animal aspects in Mutsaers and La Fontaine relate to each other and correlate with different political discourses about the animal. The analysed creative and discursive human-animal patterns in Mutsaers’s and La Fontaine’s texts set out significant social-philosophical reversals of perspective about the animal-human bond and shed new light on Mutsaers’s artistic practice.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): becoming-animal; human-animal; hybridity; La Fontaine; metamorphosis; Mutsaers; zoopoetics
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