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

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


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This is a collection of fifteen essays which 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. The volume contributes to current discussions of new ways of seeing the other inhabitants of this world and more effective ways of sharing the world with them. The contributors draw on and complement the growing field of ecocriticism, but because the contributors draw on an array of disciplinary and cultural perspectives, it will appeal to a wide audience, ranging from literary scholars, philosophers, art historians, anthropologists, and cultural historians (including graduate and undergraduate students in all these disciplines), to laypersons interested in nature writing and environmental issues.

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ISBN-13: 9781403965127
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 01/31/2005
Edition description: 2005
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

MARY POLLOCK is Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, USA.

CATHERINE RAINWATER is Professor of English at St. Edward's University in Texas, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction PART 1: THE SOCIAL ANIMAL Lost Dog: The Silent Authority of the Animal Face; H.P.Steeves Ursus Americanus: The Idea of a Bear; M.Dylan Fox Digging and Leveling in Adam's Garden: Women and the International Cat Fancy; S.E.Jones PART 2: THE OBSERVED AND THE OBSERVER Animal Testimony in Renaissance Art: Mary's Annunciation and Paul's Conversion; W.J.Scheik Strange Yet 'Familiar': Cats and Birds in Remedios Varo's Artistic Universe; N.Vosburg Who's Looking: The Animal Gaze in the Fiction of Brigitte Kronauer and Clarice Lispector; J.Ittner PART 3: ART AND SCIENCE Burning Out the Animal: The Failure of Enlightenment Purification in H.G. Wells's The Island of Doctor Moreau ; C.Rohman Ouida's Rhetoric of Empathy: A Case Study in Victorian Anti-Vivisection Narrative; M.S.Pollock PART 4: DIFFERENCE AND DESIRE The Black Stallion in Print and Film; L.Addison '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?' ; C.Powici To the Other: The Animal and Desire in Michael Field's Whymchow: Flame of Love ; D. Banash 'Identification With the Animals': Language, Subjectivity, and the Animal-Politics of Atwood's Surfacing ; R.McKay PART 5: THEORIES OF THE OTHER Sensory Experience as Consciousness in Literary Representations of Animal Minds; J.A.Smith Human-Animal Affiliation in Modern Popular Film; T.Gadd Who May Speak for the Animals?: Deep Ecology in Linda Hogan's Power and A.A. Carr's Eye Killers ; C.Rainwater Contributors Acknowledgments

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