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Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory

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In Animal Rites, Cary Wolfe examines contemporary notions of humanism and ethics by reconstructing a little known but crucial underground tradition of theorizing the animal from Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Lyotard to Lévinas, Derrida, Žižek, Maturana, and Varela. Through detailed readings of how discourses of race, sexuality, colonialism, and animality interact in twentieth-century American culture, Wolfe explores what it means, in theory and critical practice, to take seriously "the question of the animal."

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 209-232) and index.

About the Author

Cary Wolfe is a professor of English at the University at Albany, SUNY. He is the author, most recently, of Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the "Outside" and the editor of Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal.

Table of Contents

Foreword, W.J.T. Mitchell

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Part One

1. Old Orders for New: Ecology, Animal Rights, and the Poverty of Humanism

2. In the Shadow of Wittgenstein's Lion: Language, Ethics, and the Question of the Animal

Part Two

3. Subject to Sacrifice: Ideology, Psychoanalysis, and the Discourse of Species in Jonathan Demme's The Silence of the Lambs (with Jonathan Elmer)

4. Aficionados and Friend Killers: Rearticulating Race and Gender via Species in Hemingway

5. Faux Posthumanism: The Discourse of Species and the Neocolonial Project in Michael Crichton's Congo

Conclusion: Postmodern Ethics, the Question of the Animal, and the Imperatives of Posthumanist Theory

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226905143
Manufactured:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Wolfe, Cary
Manufactured:
University of Chicago Press
Foreword by:
Mitchell, W. J. T.
Foreword:
Mitchell, W. J. T.
Author:
Mitchell, W. J. T.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Humanism
Subject:
Animal Rights
Subject:
Species
Subject:
Human-animal relationships in literature.
Subject:
Human-animal relationships in motion pictures
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Culture in motion pictures
Subject:
Outdoors-Conservation and Animal Rights
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 1
Publication Date:
20030231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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