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Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

Writing Animals

Language, Suffering, and Animality in Twenty-First-Century Fiction

Authors: Baker, Timothy C.

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  • Unlike many recent studies of animals in fiction it does not argue that literary depictions can help readers understand or empathise with nonhuman animals more fully, instead demonstrating that such depictions of interspecies relations can radically destabilize assumptions about the nature of language and narrative
    Draws on a wide range of theory and criticism, including continental philosophy, anthropology, affect theory, feminist posthumanism, and more
    Offers new opportunities to see not only the centrality of nonhuman animals to contemporary fiction, but how writing animal lives changes the nature of the text itself 

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This book surveys a broad range of contemporary texts to show how representations of human-animal relations challenge the anthropocentric nature of fiction. By looking at the relation between language and suffering in twenty-first-century fiction and drawing on a wide range of theoretical approaches, Baker suggests new opportunities for exploring the centrality of nonhuman animals in recent fiction: writing animal lives leads to new narrative structures and forms of expression. These novels destabilise assumptions about the nature of pain and vulnerability, the burden of literary inheritance, the challenge of writing the Anthropocene, and the relation between text and image. Including both well-known authors and emerging talents, from J.M. Coetzee and Karen Joy Fowler to Sarah Hall, Alexis Wright, and Max Porter, and texts from experimental fiction to work for children, Writing Animals offers an original perspective on both contemporary fiction and the field of literary animal studies.

About the authors

Timothy C. Baker is Senior Lecturer in Scottish and Contemporary Literature at the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community (2009) and Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition (2014).

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $64.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03880-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-03879-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Writing Animals
Book Subtitle
Language, Suffering, and Animality in Twenty-First-Century Fiction
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03880-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03880-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03879-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 239
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