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Vol. 46 No. 1 (2021): Special Issue: Queer Bodies/Corps Queers

Descent of the Human: Racialized Animality, Queer Intimacy, and Evolutionary Theory in Larissa Lai’s Salt Fish Girl

January 30, 2022


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