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Animals, Animality, and Literature


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Pieter Beullens, Luuk Houwen, William Marvin, David Salter, Gillian Rudd, Molly Hand, Bruce Boehrer, Matthew Senior, Lucinda Cole, Deborah Denenholz Morse, Vanessa Lemm, Michael Lundblad, Alanna Thain, Matthew Calarco, Brian Massumi, Thomas Lamarre, David Jaclin, Peter Kulchyski
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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429825

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  • Animals, Animality, and Literature offers readers a one-volume survey of the field of literary animal studies in both its theoretical and applied dimensions. Focusing on English literary history, with scrupulous attention to the interplay between English and foreign influences, this collection gathers together the work of nineteen internationally noted specialists in this growing discipline. Offering discussion of English literary works from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf and beyond, this book explores the ways human/animal difference has been historically activated within the literary context: in devotional works, in philosophical and zoological treatises, in plays and poems and novels, and more recently within emerging narrative genres such as cinema and animation. With an introductory overview of the historical development of animal studies and afterword looking to the field's future possibilities, Animals, Animality, and Literature provides a wide-ranging survey of where this discipline currently stands.

    • Provides a one-volume survey of the origin and development of literary animal studies
    • Balances animal-studies theory with its applications across the full chronological range of English literary history
    • Showcases the work of nineteen internationally respected scholars in the field
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429825
    • length: 398 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Origins:
    1. Aristotle's zoology in the medieval world Pieter Beullens
    2. Howling wolves and other beasts: animals and monstrosity in the Middle Ages Luuk Houwen
    3. Medieval bloodsport William Marvin
    4. Animals in late-medieval hagiography and romance David Salter
    5. Lions, mice, and learning from animals in Henryson's Fables Gillian Rudd
    Part II. Development:
    6. Animals, the devil, and the sacred in early modern English culture Molly Hand
    7. Shakespeare's animal theater Bruce Boehrer
    8. Classify and display: human and animal species, 1600–1815 Matthew Senior
    9. Swift among the locusts: vermin, infestation, and natural philosophy in the eighteenth century Lucinda Cole
    10. Animal subjectivities: gendered literary representation of animal minds in Anna Sewell's Black Beauty Deborah Denenholz Morse
    11. Friedrich Nietzsche on human nature: between philosophical anthropology and animal studies Vanessa Lemm
    Part III. Contemporary Perspectives:
    12. Opening up a dossier: animals, animalities, and living together with Roland Barthes Michael Lundblad
    13. Animal unfamiliars: a bestiary of time-travel cinema Alanna Thain
    14. Theorizing animals: Heidegger, Derrida, Agamben Matthew Calarco
    15. Becoming animal in the literary field Brian Massumi
    16. Animation and animism Thomas Lamarre
    17. Becoming mammoth: the domestic animal, its synthetic dreams and the pursuit of multispecies f(r)ictions David Jaclin
    18. Bush/animals Peter Kulchyski.

  • Editors

    Bruce Boehrer, Florida State University
    Bruce Boehrer is Bertram H. Davis Professor of Renaissance literature in the Department of English at Florida State University. His most recent single-author books include Environmental Degradation in Jacobean Drama (Cambridge, 2013) and Animal Characters: Nonhuman Beings in European Literature (2010). From 2000 to 2008 he served as Founding Editor of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies, and he is editor of A Cultural History of Animals in the Renaissance (2007).

    Molly Hand, Florida State University
    Molly Hand is Entrepreneur in Residence and Lecturer in the Department of English at Florida State University. Her scholarly work appears in Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme; Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama, edited by Michelle Dowd and Natasha Korda (2011); and The Oxford Handbook of Thomas Middleton, edited by Trish Henley and Gary Taylor (2012). She is currently at work on a book-length study of animal familiars in early modern English literature.

    Brian Massumi, University of Montreal
    Brian Massumi is Professor of Communication at the University of Montreal. He specializes in the philosophy of experience, art and media theory, and political philosophy. His most recent books include Ontopower: War, Powers, and the State of Perception (2015), Politics of Affect (2015), and What Animals Teach Us About Politics (2014). He is co-author with Erin Manning of Thought in the Act: Passages in the Ecology of Experience (2014). Also with Erin Manning and the SenseLab collective, he participates in the collective exploration of new ways of bringing philosophical and artistic practices into collaborative interaction.


    Pieter Beullens, Luuk Houwen, William Marvin, David Salter, Gillian Rudd, Molly Hand, Bruce Boehrer, Matthew Senior, Lucinda Cole, Deborah Denenholz Morse, Vanessa Lemm, Michael Lundblad, Alanna Thain, Matthew Calarco, Brian Massumi, Thomas Lamarre, David Jaclin, Peter Kulchyski

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