Animal Perception and Literary Language

  • Donald Wesling

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Donald Wesling
    Pages 1-40
  3. Donald Wesling
    Pages 41-88
  4. Donald Wesling
    Pages 89-129
  5. Donald Wesling
    Pages 213-273
  6. Donald Wesling
    Pages 275-303
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 305-327

About this book


Animal Perception and Literary Language shows that the perceptual content of reading and writing derives from our embodied minds. Donald Wesling considers how humans, evolved from animals, have learned to code perception of movement into sentences and scenes. The book first specifies terms and questions in animal philosophy and surveys recent work on perception, then describes attributes of multispecies thinking and defines a tradition of writers in this lineage. Finally, the text concludes with literature coming into full focus in twelve case studies of varied readings. Overall, Wesling's book offers not a new method of literary criticism, but a reveal of what we all do with perceptual content when we read.


human and animal animalist thinking animal studies literary animal studies animal philosophy cognitive psychology cognitive literary studies Jacques Derrida embodied mind animals in literature

Authors and affiliations

  • Donald Wesling
    • 1
  1. 1.University of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04968-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04969-0
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