Animal Acts : Configuring the Human in Western History


Animal Acts : Configuring the Human in Western History

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 258 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780415916103
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Ranging from discussions of Nietzsche and Derrida to Gary Larson, this collection explores the fluctuating boundaries between human and animal in weatern culture as expressed in literary, philosophical and scientific texts.

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Animal Acts records the history of the fluctuating boundary between animals and humans as expressed in literary, philosophical and scientific texts, as well as visual arts and historical practices such as dissection, circus acts, the hunt and zoos. The essays document a persistent return of animality, a becoming animal that has always existed within and at the margins of Western Culture from the Middle Ages to the present.

Table of Contents

Contributors                                       vii(2)
List of Illustrations ix (2)
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1 (8)
1. Human Beasts and Bestial Humans in the 9 (14)
Middle Ages
Joyce E. Salisbury
2. The Philosophical Beast: On Boccaccio's 23 (20)
Tale of Cimone
Gregory B. Stone
3. Pantagruel-Animal 43 (18)
Tom Conley
4. "When the Beasts Spoke": Animal Speech 61 (24)
and Classical Reason in Descartes and La
Matthew Senior
5. Revolutionary Monsters 85 (18)
Marie-Helene Huet
6. Audubon's Ornithological Biography and 103(24)
the Question of "Other Minds"
James W. Armstrong
7. What Is "Human"? Metaphysics and 127(18)
Zoontology in Flaubert and Kafka
Marian Scholtmeijer
8. Taming the Beast: Animality in Wedekind 145(20)
and Nietzsche
Jennifer Ham
9. On Being "The Last Kantian in Nazi 165(34)
Germany": Dwelling with Animals after Levinas
David Clark
10. Animal Speech, Active Verbs, and 199(10)
Material Being in E. B. White
Paul H. Fry
11. "Surely, God, These Are My Kin": The 209(22)
Dynamics of Identity and Advocacy in the Life
and Works of Dian Fossey
Karla Armbruster
12. Humanimals and Anihumans in Gary 231(22)
Larson's Gallery of the Absurd
Charles D. Minahen
Index 253