Mme Bryn SKIBO-BIRNEY
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Bryn holds a BA in International Relations and French Studies from American University (Washington, D.C.) and an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Geneva. Her master's thesis, entitled "The Post-Anthropocentric Scala Naturae: Animals, Androids, Art, and Emotions in Post-Human Narratives," analyzed the use of non-humans and "animalized" language and behavior in works by Margaret Atwood, Philip K. Dick, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Her doctoral research continues in this vein, exploring the entangled figure of the human-animal hybrid in contemporary North American literature through an analysis of the literary techniques and innovations in narrative voice and figurative language which force a reconsideration of the “defining” qualities of species differentiation, such as language, emotivity, and morality.
"Revolutionary Writing: The Symbiosis of Social and Literary Conflict and Aesthetic Production in Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" in Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (SPELL), Volume 27 (Autumn 2013).
PAPERS / CONFÉRENCES
"Animals, the Arts, and the 'Other': Revising the Scala Naturae in Posthuman Narratives." European Society of Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSAeu): SCALE. Valletta, Malta. 15-18 June 2015.
"Hybrids, Companions, and Siblings: The Posthuman(ist) Family of Oryx and Crake." Approaching Posthumanism and the Posthuman. University of Geneva, Switzerland. 4-6 June 2015.
"Post-Apocalyptic Storytelling and Post-Anthropocentric Ethics in Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy." Swiss Association for North American Studies (SANAS): Literature, Ethics, and Morality. University of Basel, Switzerland. 20-21 November 2014.
"The Relationship Between Conflict and Aesthetic Production in Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test." Swiss Association for North American Studies (SANAS) / Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS): Cultures in Conflict / Conflicting Cultures. University of Zurich, Switzerland. 9-10 November 2012.