Creatural Fictions: Human-Animal Relationships in Twentieth- and…

Creatural Fictions: Human-Animal Relationships in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature (Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Date: 2016-01-05
ISBN-10: 1137520663
ISBN-13: 9781137520661
Language: English
Pages: 290
Added: 2018-11-24 23:36:13

This volume explores how twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary texts engage with relationships between humans and other animals. Written by forward-thinking early-career scholars, as well as established experts in the field, the chapters discuss key texts in the emergent canon of animal narratives, including Franz Kafka’s animal stories, Yann Martel’s The Life of Pi, Zakes Mda’s The Whale Caller, and others. The volume is divided into four main sections. Two period-focused sections center on modernism and on late-twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction, while two further sections foreground the more general project of theory building in literary animal studies, examining interconnections among concepts of species, sexuality, gender, and genre. The volume also raises issues that extend beyond the academic community, including ethical dimensions of human-animal relationships and the problems of species loss and diminishing biodiversity. Show more Show less 5e8c8d2750c4cb22ff7b8336d6762add