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Figuring Animals : Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy and Popular Culture - Mary Pollock

Figuring Animals

Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy and Popular Culture

By: Mary Pollock (Editor), Catherine Rainwater (Editor)

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Published: 31st January 2005
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Figuring Animals is a collection of fifteen essays concerning the representation of animals in literature, the visual arts, philosophy, and cultural practice. At the turn of the new century, it is helpful to reconsider our inherited understandings of the species, some of which are still useful to us. It is also important to look ahead to new understandings and new dialogue, which may contribute to the survival of us all. The contributors to this volume participate in this dialogue in a variety of ways--through personal experience, natural history, cultural studies, philosophical inquiry, art history, literary analysis, film studies, and theoretical imagining, and through a combination of these trains of thought. The essays expose weaknesses in western epistemological frames of reference that for centuries have limited our views and, thus, our experiences of animal being, including our own.

"This is a fascinating, important collection, guaranteed to change the way you think about cultural representations of animals. Figuring Animals cuts across disciplinary and genre boundaries to examine the causes, meanings, and consequences of how we conceive of 'other' species. I can't imagine a more diverse and interesting collection of essays on the depiction of animals in art, language, philosophy, and culture than those assembled here." - Christian Weisser, Florida Atlantic University



"Figuring Animals is, no matter the measure, a striking collection of essays. Pollock and Rainwater have burrowed beneath the thick skin of our assumptions and depictions, and what they reveal to the reader is not particularly pretty, although it is always illuminating. Animals, as they put it, are 'our most persistent other,' and this text reframes the question of otherness in provocative ways. Humans coopt animal independence, scoff at or revere the possibility of animal emotion, experiment, and adore. Examining our figuring of animals, from the brutal to the anthropomorphic, Pollock and Rainwater demand that we reconsider the relationship. If not for the animals' sake, they seem to say, then for our own." - Megan O'Neill, Associate Professor of English, Stetson University

Introduction
The Social Animal
Lost Dog, or, Levinas Faces the Animal
Ursus Americanus: The Idea of a Bear
Digging and Leveling in Adam's Garden: Women and the International Cat Fancy
The Observed and the Observer
Animal Testimony in Renaissance Art: Angelic and Other Supernatural Visitations
Strange Yet "Familiar": Cats and Birds in Remedios Varo's Artistic Universe
Who's Looking?: The Animal Gaze in the Fiction of Brigitte Kronauer and Clarice Lispector
Art and Science
Burning Out the Animal: The Failure of Enlightenment Purification in H.G. Wells'sThe Island of Dr. Moreau
Ouida's Rhetoric of Empathy: A Case Study in Victorian Anti-Vivisection Narrative
Difference and Desire
The Black Stallion in Print and Film
"Who Are the Bander-log?": The Child and the Animal in Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli Stories and Ursula LeGuin's "Buffalo Gals Won't You Come Out Tonight?"
To the Other: The Animal and Desire in Michael Field'sWhymchow: Flame of Love
"Identification with the Animals": Language, Subjectivity, and the Animal-Politics of Atwood'sSurfacing
Theories of the Other
Sensory Experience as Consciousness in Literary Representations of Animal Minds
Human-Animal Affiliation in Modern Popular Film
Who May Speak for the Animals?: Deep Ecology in Linda Hogan'sPowerand A.A. Carr'sEye Killers
Contributors
Acknowledgments
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ISBN: 9781403965127
ISBN-10: 1403965129
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 31st January 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.62
Edition Number: 1