Demon Off the Trail
Demon Off the Trail is a novel that explores humanity’s connection to nature—and each other—through the central metaphor of humanity’s relationship with dogs. By layering magical elements onto the real history of our species’ domestication of canines, this novel explores the ways in which we as humans interact with nature, what we owe it, and how our relationship is built on a foundation of mutual love. Furthermore, it explores issues from our present day by asking in what ways dominant instructions seek to shift blame for environmental destruction to the individual instead of the state. This question is expanded by exploring, through characters’ bonds with their magical dogs, how these methods of blame are fundamentally oppressive to the queer and marginalized of the world—and concludes that it is only through community that these populations can understand the threat to their existence and begin to push back.
Date of Degree
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Program of Study
Humanities and Social Sciences
Harris, Jack. (2023). Demon off the Trail [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1357/
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