Beautiful Flesh, Dismantled Bodies and Meaty Portions

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


This chapter focuses on other animals’ bodies as matter and symbol. It discusses the vulnerability of horseflesh to human carelessness and cruelty in Aryn Kyle’s The God of Animals, exploring objectionability and property as key animating principles in human–animal relationships, and difficulties around the term ‘rape’ when applied to animals. Yann Martel’s Beatrice and Virgil is read through the concepts of ‘narrative taxidermy’ and the ‘art of pain’, to consider painful comparisons between the Holocaust and industrial farming. Readings of Mark McNay’s Fresh consider the symbolism of meat, focusing on chicken processing, masculinity, and social marginalisation.


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  1. 1.School of English and JournalismUniversity of LincolnLincolnUK

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