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Beyond the Human-Animal Divide

Creaturely Lives in Literature and Culture

  • Dominik Ohrem
  • Roman Bartosch

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Animating Creaturely Life: Ontology and Ethics Beyond Anthropocentrism

  3. Storying Creaturely Life: Writing/Reading Animality and Human–Animal Relations

  4. Afterword

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 307-307
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 317-325

About this book


This volume explores the potential of the concept of the creaturely for thinking and writing beyond the idea of a clear-cut human-animal divide, presenting innovative perspectives and narratives for an age which increasingly confronts us with the profound ecological, ethical and political challenges of a multispecies world. The text explores written work such as Samuel Beckett’s Worstward Ho and Michel Foucault's The Order of Things, video media such as the film "Creature Comforts" and the video game Into the Dead, and photography. With chapters written by an international group of philosophers, literary and cultural studies scholars, historians and others, the volume brings together established experts and forward-thinking early career scholars to provide an interdisciplinary engagement with ways of thinking and writing the creaturely to establish a postanthropocentric sense of human-animal relationality. 


animals ins Samuel Beckett's Worstward Ho Animals in J.M. Coetzee’s Life and Times of Michael K animals and metaphorization materialism versus semiotics Zoopoetics Luigi Pirandello’s Si gira! Nick Park’s “Creature Comforts” interspecies communication Perrudja by Hans Henny Jahnn “apotheosis of the creature.” creatural lives in the interwar period human-animal relationships in the anthropocene postanthropocentrism earth-based ethics Heidegger’s poiesis Derrida’s poetic as if biosociality Michel Foucault and animals video games and prey perspective dogs and human identity

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominik Ohrem
    • 1
  • Roman Bartosch
    • 2
  1. 1.School of HistoryUniversity of CologneCologneGermany
  2. 2.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of CologneCologneGermany

About the editors

Dominik Ohrem is Lecturer in the  Anglo-American Department of the School of History at the University of Cologne, Germany.

Roman Bartosch is  Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Cologne, Germany.

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