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Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines - Posthumanities (Hardback)
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Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines - Posthumanities (Hardback)

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Hardback 336 Pages / Published: 12/04/2011
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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 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\u2019s 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.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816670321
Number of pages: 336
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm


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"Susan McHugh offers a cultural history of human-animal relationships in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as traced in imaginative as well as scientific and political work. McHugh challenges us to rethink how we conceptualize the creatures involved. 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." -Erica Fudge, author of Animal


"An important contribution to the study of the posthumanities." -CHOICE

"For readers interested in truly original insights into twentieth-century animal narratives and their intersections with lives shared across species." -Humanimalia

"McHugh's ambitious effort to establish the sustained importance of animal life in the margins of literary studies, the artistic arena in which animals have perhaps been most rigorously and consistently jettisoned to the status of metaphor, is to be commended. Her success in this project is largely due to her keen attention to the visual registers of narrative, and future scholarship in the field will doubtless be enriched by her innovative focus." -Reviews in Cultural Theory

"By using narrative forms to navigate between the paradigms of literary studies and ethology, McHugh offers new insights into the complexity of what it means to live with other species and to write with them in mind." -Organization and Environment

"As McHugh's study of animal stories shows, in the twentieth century and the last ten years, literary and visual artists have registered the need to innovate the forms of representation and extend the franchise beyond the human-or, as she might say, with the nonhuman. In a time characterized by growing awareness of the ravages of climate change, unprecedented loss of biodiversity, and the host of political, social, and economic problems engendered by exponential human population growth, these innovative forms make undeniable claims on us and deserve the utmost consideration." -Configurations

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