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From the classical era through to the French Enlightenment, oysters were considered the hingepoint between plants and animals. Unable to move, possessing only the sense of sense itself, they were the very figure of bare life. Rather than claiming that oysters should be granted "agency," as the new materialist habit would be, I argue that humans should instead "oystermorphize" themselves, to recognize that our agency is not the dominant condition of our being.
“Insensate Oysters and Our Nonconsensual Existence.” Oceanic New York (ed. Steve Mentz, Punctum Books 2015), 79-91