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Kissing Cousins is an extremely well-written effort to come to terms with new modes of kinship and new modes of imagining human community. The text makes a clear argument for the widening of those circles of sentient beings with whom humans have kinship. How broadly we conceive kinship has direct bearing on the conditions and limits of empathy and affiliation, and this has direct consequences for matters of love and war. Moving, singular, provocative, and pervasively intelligent, Kissing Cousins will appeal not only to academic readers in literary and cultural studies but also to an interdisciplinary range of readers in science and animal studies, anthropology, and film studies.
— Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, University of California at Berkeley