Nicole Shukin

Nicole Shukin is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Victoria, Canada. She teaches courses in the areas of contemporary cultural theory, Animal Studies, and Canadian Literature. The author of Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times (Minnesota 2009), she is presently working on a manuscript that examines how animals labour affectively in therapeutic economies of late capitalism.

Essays by this author

Karl Steel’s How To Make A Human: Animals and Violence in the Middle Ages


In one half of a pair of critical reviews looking at recent titles in animal studies, Nicole Shukin examines Karl Steel’s How to Make a Human (Steel reviews Shukin in the other half). In particular, Shukin discusses Steel’s framing of “the human” in terms of medieval violence, and she considers what that framing can offer to today’s political and ethical conversations.