Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines

Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines Beginning with a historical account of why animal stories pose endemic critical challenges to literary and cultural theory Animal Stories argues that key creative developments in narrative form becam

Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines Animal Stories thus tells us as much about animals as it does about the role of the human imagination and as such will be necessary reading for all those interested in reading literature with other media and in thinking ethically about our place in the natural world. Animal Stories University of Minnesota Press Animal Stories thus tells us as much about animals as it does about the role of the human imagination and as such will be necessary reading for all those interested in reading literature with other media and in thinking ethically about our place in the natural world. Animal Studies Texts Animal Stories Narrating Across Animal Stories Narrating Across Species Lines, Susan McHugh BACK NEXT Our man Agamben thinks animals have a better relationship with language than we do, and you might want to keep that idea in mind when reading Susan McHugh s work. Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines on JSTOR Animal Stories Book Description Susan McHugh traces representational patterns specific to modern and contemporary fictions of cross species companionship through a variety of media to show how nothing less than the futures of all species life is at stake in narrative forms. Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines by Susan Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines Beginning with a historical account of why animal stories pose endemic critical challenges to literary and cultural theory, Animal Stories argues that key creative developments in narrative form became inseparable from shifts in Project MUSE Animal Stories McHugh s investigations into fictions of people relying on animals in civic and professional life most obviously those of service animal users and female professional horse riders showcase distinctly modern and human animal forms of intersubjectivity. Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines Posthumanities Kindle edition by Susan McHugh Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines Posthumanities. Project MUSE Animal Stories Narrating across Species Animal Stories is methodologically principled in its insistence that we read nonhuman animals against the grain of anthropocentric structures of thought and feeling Broadly interested in the way species life might be configured in texts, McHugh radically unsettles the notion that animal representations cannot escape the textual logics and literary conventions through which they are written p . Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines by Susan Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines by Susan McHugh Beginning with a historical account of why animal stories pose endemic critical challenges to literary and cultural theory, Animal Stories argues that key creative developments in narrative form became inseparable from shifts in animal politics and science in the past century. Animal Stories Narrating across Species Lines Beginning with a historical account of why animal stories pose endemic critical challenges to literary and cultural theory, Animal Stories argues that key creative developments in narrative form became inseparable from shifts in animal politics and science in the past century.

  • Title: Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines
  • Author: Susan McHugh
  • ISBN: 9780816670338
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • Beginning with a historical account of why animal stories pose endemic critical challenges to literary and cultural theory, Animal Stories argues that key creative developments in narrative form became inseparable from shifts in animal politics and science in the past century Susan McHugh traces representational patterns specific to modern and contemporary fictions of croBeginning with a historical account of why animal stories pose endemic critical challenges to literary and cultural theory, Animal Stories argues that key creative developments in narrative form became inseparable from shifts in animal politics and science in the past century Susan McHugh traces representational patterns specific to modern and contemporary fictions of cross species companionship through a variety of media including novels, films, fine art, television shows, and digital games to show how nothing less than the futures of all species life is at stake in narrative forms.McHugh s investigations into fictions of people relying on animals in civic and professional life most obviously those of service animal users and female professional horse riders showcase distinctly modern and human animal forms of intersubjectivity But increasingly graphic violence directed at these figures indicates their ambivalent significance to changing configurations of species.Reading these developments with narrative adaptations of traditional companion species relations during this period queer pet memoirs and farm animal fictions McHugh clarifies the intercorporeal intimacies the perforations of species boundaries now proliferating in genetic and genomic science and embeds the representation of animals within biopolitical frameworks.

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    1. A deceptively intriguing title belies the blandness of this scholarly thesis. In an age where academia seems solely focused on whether or not something expresses feminist, LGBT+ or socialist sentiments, with little range for anything else, it's an exciting prospect to come across a study that might catalogue and analyze the roles animals have played in literature, how they have been represented, what role bodily and psychological agency plays in their narratives and how these qualities align wit [...]

    2. Animal Stories takes up an impressive range of twentieth- and twenty-first century narratives, from literature and photography to television and film, to argue against the idea that animals are merely metaphors for humans or “vehicles for expressing human animality” (9). McHugh attributes the success of the novel not to its ability to “give voice to the individual subject of representation,” as Ian Watt and others have argued, but “its usefulness for experiments with multiple perspecti [...]

    3. Liked the focus on the "trend in literary analysis toward reading animals as animals instead of animals as people-metaphors" or symbols or objects. "It requires dramatic reconceptions not only of species and their stories but also of the formal interplay between the two, what I want to call a ‘narrative ethology’ that emphasizes embodied relations of agency and form as distinct from, say, the content through which ethological, fictional, and all other narratives get sorted and shelved as the [...]

    4. Hm, still reading, but the focus on companion animals (service dogs, horses, etc.) is starting to feel a bit too limited already. I'd hoped the book would extend its questions beyond the domestic(ated) sphere at least a bit, and consider wilder animals in literature, too.

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