Other Animals in Twenty-First Century Fiction

(Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature)

41vVcejeHYL._SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_ Author Catherine Parry
Isbn 9783319559315
File size 4.5MB
Year 2017
Pages 245
Language English
File format PDF
Category Animals

Book Description:

“The book represents a long overdue and authoritative introduction to the “animal turn” in 21st century literature and, perhaps even more essential, in literary criticism.” (Marion Copeland, Independent Scholar, The Center for Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, USA)

This book is about ordinary animals and how they are imagined in twenty-first century fiction. Examining contemporary animal representations and the fraught and potent distinctions humans fashion between themselves and all other animals, it asks how a range of novels make, re-make or un-make traditional conceptions of the creatures we love, admire, eat, vilify and abuse. Other Animals’ detailed readings of horses, an animalised human, a donkey, ants, chickens and chimpanzees develop new critical practices in Literary Animal Studies. They explore the connections between fictional animal representation, narrative form, ethics, and the lives and warm bodies of the real-world creatures that precede and exceed our imagination. Human-animal relationships are conditioned by our imaginative shapings of other animals, and by our sense of distinction from them, and Other Animals opens out how fictional animal forms and tropes respond to, participate in, or challenge the ways animals’ lives are lived out in consequence of human imaginings of them.

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