Issues in Literature and Culture

Posthumanist Perspectives on Literary and Cultural Animals

Editors: Maiti, Krishanu (Ed.)

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  • This volume argues that Critical Animal Studies is an emerging and growing field of research within the larger humanities discourse on Posthumanism
  • The book’s introduction provides a brief overview of the field for general readers who are new to the field
  • Essays offer readings of different kinds of texts, including literary, historical, theological, and visual through the critical lens of Posthumanism
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This book offers Posthumanist readings of animal-centric literary and cultural texts. The contributors put the precepts and premises of humanism into question by seriously considering the animal presence in texts. The essays collected here focus primarily on literary and cultural texts from varied theoretically informed interdisciplinary perspectives advanced by critical approaches such as Critical Animal Studies and Posthumanism. Contributors select texts that cut across geographical and period boundaries and demonstrate how practices of close reading give rise to new ways of thinking about animals. By implicating the “animal turn” in the field of literary and cultural studies, this book urges us to problematize the separation of the human from other animals and rethink the hierarchical order of beings through close readings of select texts. It offers fresh perspectives on Posthumanist theory, inviting readers to revisit those criteria that created species’ difference from the early ages of human civilization. This book constitutes a rich and thorough scholarly resource on the politics of representation of animals in literature and culture. The essays in this book are empirically and theoretically informed and explore a range of dynamic, captivating, and highly relevant topics. 
Comprising over 15 chapters by a team of international contributors, this book is divided into four parts:
Contestation over Species Hierarchy and CategorizationAnimal (Re)constructionsInterspecies RelationalitiesIntersectionality- Animal and Gender
This book will be essential reading for students and researchers of Critical Animal Studies and Environmental Studies. 

About the authors

Krishanu Maiti, Ph.D.,teaches English literature and language at Panskura Banamali College (Autonomous), W.B., India. He wrote his doctoral thesis on representation of animals in D. H. Lawrence and Ted Hughes. His areas of interest include Animal Studies, Posthumanism and Environmental Humanities. He co-edited a volume titled Global Perspectives on Eco-Aesthetics and Eco-Ethics: A Green Critique (2019), published by Rowman & Littlefield, USA. His co-authoredessay on ‘Buddhism and Veganism’ appears in The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Animals in Posthumanist Thought: An Introduction

    Pages 1-9

    Maiti, Krishanu

  • Can Natural Theology Rethink Its Relationship with Non-human Animals?

    Pages 13-23

    Ellis, Peter

  • Reassessing the Predator: Representations of Predatory Animals in John Vaillant’s

    Pages 25-36

    Sousa, Monica

  • Birds of a Feather: Interspecies Ethics and the Fate of Liminal Companion Animals

    Pages 37-47

    Hayes, Josh

  • Posthuman, Postanimal? Nonhuman Intelligence and Intentionality in Three Short Stories by H. G. Wells

    Pages 51-60

    Tait, Adrian

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Posthumanist Perspectives on Literary and Cultural Animals
Editors
  • Krishanu Maiti
Series Title
Issues in Literature and Culture
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-76159-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-76159-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-76158-5
Series ISSN
2365-967X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 188
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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