Kari Weil is University Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University. She earned her Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Princeton University with specializations in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century France and Feminist Theory. She has published widely on literary representations of gender, feminist theory, and, more recently, on theories and representations of animal otherness. She recently co-edited a special issue of Hypatia entitled, Animal Others (27.3, Summer 2012) and she is the author of Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now (Columbia UP, 2012) and Androgyny and the Denial of Difference (University Press of Virginia, 1992) . Her current project is tentatively titled, ‘The Most Beautiful Conquest of Man’ ?: Horses and Other Animal Pursuits in Nineteenth-Century France.