The Sameness and Difference of Apes

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


Justifications for an absolute distinction between humans and all other animals become most difficult to articulate in questions of the similarities and differences between humans and our closest genetic relatives, the other great apes, especially chimpanzees. This chapter focuses on two literary chimpanzees who question human fascination with their likeness, and human ethical structures that focus on their difference. James Lever’s Me Cheeta is a chimpanzee’s pseudo-memoir, telling a story of the real meaning of comedy for Hollywood’s animals, and of sanctuary as a heterotopian space for deviants. Readings of Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves discuss the ethics of chimpanzee cross-fostering, chimpanzee language, narrating the internal world of a chimpanzee, and paratextual problems.


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