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Other Animals in Twenty-First Century Fiction

Book

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Catherine Parry
    Pages 1-14
  3. Catherine Parry
    Pages 63-110
  4. Catherine Parry
    Pages 169-225
  5. Catherine Parry
    Pages 227-238
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 239-245

About this book

Introduction

"…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.

Keywords

Animal studies Literary criticism Animalisation Western human concepts Human-animal relationships Ethics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of English and JournalismUniversity of LincolnLincolnUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Dr Catherine Parry completed her Ph.D on animals in twenty-first century fiction at the University of Lincoln, UK. She is an Associate Lecturer at the same institution. Research interests include literary animal studies, ecocriticism and narrative theory. Published work includes chapters on literature and rurality, and the fiction of Adam Roberts.

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Reviews

“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)