The Raw, the Cooked, and the Scavenged: Review of Beasts of the Southern Wild

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This article examines the 2012 film Beasts of the Southern wild in the light of intersectional feminism, specifically in terms of how scavenging, a key biological process, complicates the traditional concerns of environmentalism, critical race studies, feminism, and food politics. Using bell hooks' reading of the film as a point of engagement, it advocates for more attention to scavenging in the conjoined discourses of contemporary ecocriticism and social justice movements.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)136-147
JournalJournal for Critical Animal Studies
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2014


  • scavenging
  • animality
  • ecofeminism
  • intersectional feminisms
  • wetlands
  • Louisiana
  • critical race studies
  • Claude-Levi Strauss

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