Eva Hayward, Che Gossett

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Working with Jorge Luis Borges’s The Book of Imaginary Beings, this essay shows how creaturely beings, or transfigurations, dramatize the afterlife of racial slavery, coloniality, the (con)temporality of HIV/AIDS, and how their im/possibility disturbs and breaks with the “order of things.” While transitive and transversal in their potentiality for insurgency, Imaginary Beings and Fantastic Zoology also always carry a colonial logic, a conquest paradigm, while also un-resting (if not necessarily liberating) the enjoyment of, what Borges calls, “terrible grounds.” Taking up fantastical and imaginary figures, this essay aims to add to Borges’s compendium of beings; this is a tracing of fugitive forces, of pessimistic and potent provocations that break from “the Human,” “the Man,” and their enumerable agents–from the Fanonian invocation of the bestiary, to the +* value form and its racialized and erotico-, bio-, and necropolitical calculus of HIV/AIDS risk, the authors explore transfigurations at the edge of existence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalAngelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 3 2017


  • colonialism
  • necropolitics
  • race
  • transfiguration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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