Postnatural Libraries

If we were to propose a place in the library to locate the postnatural, it would not be alongside ecology, biology, or even the Anthropocene; instead it would exist in a wormhole that paradoxically disappears and reappears alongside books on textiles, architecture, engineering, military history, agriculture, design, religion, sports, music, art, and erotica. It is one of the oldest forms of cultural production, present in our stone-age cave dwellings, our rented apartments, our organic vegetable gardens, and our industrial plantations. We cannot avoid it any more than we can avoid ourselves.

“Preface to a Genealogy of the Postnatural” by Richard W. Pell & Lauren B. Allen in Land & Animal & Nonanimal co-edited by Anna-Sophie Springer & Etienne Turpin (K.Verlag and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015)