Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now?

Paperback | May 1, 2012

byKari Weil

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Kari Weil provides a critical introduction to the field of animal studies as well as an appreciation of its thrilling acts of destabilization. Examining real and imagined confrontations between human and nonhuman animals, she charts the presumed lines of difference between human beings and other species and the personal, ethical, and political implications of those boundaries.

Weil's considerations recast the work of such authors as Kafka, Mann, Woolf, and Coetzee, and such philosophers as Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, Deleuze, Agamben, Cixous, and Hearne, while incorporating the aesthetic perspectives of such visual artists as Bill Viola, Frank Noelker, and Sam Taylor-Wood and the "visual thinking" of the autistic animal scientist Temple Grandin. She addresses theories of pet keeping and domestication; the importance of animal agency; the intersection of animal studies, disability studies, and ethics; and the role of gender, shame, love, and grief in shaping our attitudes toward animals. Exposing humanism's conception of the human as a biased illusion, and embracing posthumanism's acceptance of human and animal entanglement, Weil unseats the comfortable assumptions of humanist thought and its species-specific distinctions.

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Kari Weil provides a critical introduction to the field of animal studies as well as an appreciation of its thrilling acts of destabilization. Examining real and imagined confrontations between human and nonhuman animals, she charts the presumed lines of difference between human beings and other species and the personal, ethical, and ...

Kari Weil is University Professor of Letters at Wesleyan University. She has published widely on feminist theory; literary representations of gender (especially in France); the riding, breeding, and eating of horses in nineteenth-century France; and, more recently, on theories and representations of animal otherness and human-animal r...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:May 1, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231148097

ISBN - 13:9780231148092

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Preface: Thinking AnimalsAcknowledgmentsPart I: Why Animal Studies Now?1. A Report on the Animal Turn2. Seeing AnimalsPart II: Pet Tales3. Is a Pet an Animal? Domestication and Animal Agency4. Gendered Subjects/Abject Objects: Man(n)'s Best Friend 5. Dog Love/W(o)olf LovePart III: Grieving Animals6. A Proper Death7. Thinking and Unthinking Animal Death: Temple Grandin and J. M. CoetzeePart IV: Ethical Bêtises8. Animal Liberation or Shameless Freedom"And Toto Too": Animal Studies, Posthumanism, and OzNotesIndex

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