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Who’s Looking? The Animal Gaze in the Fiction of Brigitte Kronauer and Clarice Lispector

  • Jutta Ittner

Abstract

We feed a bird, hold a kitten, walk our dog, and watch the magic happen—unseeing eyes and indifferent stares are miraculously transformed into friendly looks. Our desire to be face to face with animals is so apparent, so personal, and at the same time so vague that it raises a multitude of questions about the relationship between humans and animals, questions that seem as pressing as they are unanswerable. What is this fascination that makes people flock to see a pig named Babe or a pair of pandas? What makes us come back again and again to the zoo, that sad “monument to the impossibility of animal encounters,”1 in order to catch the eye of the tiger behind bars—what are we hoping for?

Keywords

Human Consciousness Maned Wolf Impersonal Pronoun Visual Encounter Electric Animal 
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Notes

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© Mary S. Pollock and Catherine Rainwater 2005

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  • Jutta Ittner

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