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This essay scrutinises K. S. Maniam’s fictional animals by going beyond the confines of metaphor to interrogate the concept of animality and how animality impinges on diasporic identity. I examine the writer’s impulse to animalise the notion of national belonging especially though the strategic deployment of the animal mask. I argue that Maniam’s critique of animality suggests that migrant and animal lives are interlinked and informs his re-envisioning of the diasporic self.
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