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- DescriptionNow that supposedly distinguishing marks of humanity, from reasoning to tool use, have been found in other species, how can we justify discriminating against nhuman animals solely on the basis of their species? And how must cultural studies and critical practices change to do justice to others who are t human? In Animal Rites , Cary Wolfe examines contemporary tions of humanism, ethics and animals by reconstructing a little kwn but crucial underground tradition of theorizing the animal from Wittgenstein, Cavell and Lyotard to Levinas, Derrida, Zizek, Maturana and Varela. Through detailed readings of how discourses of race, sexuality, colonialism and animality interact in 20th-century American culture - Hemingway's fiction, the film The Silence of the Lambs , Michael Crichton's vel Congo - Wolfe explores what it would mean, in theory and critical practice, to take seriously the question of the animal . A pathbreaking contribution to discussions of posthumanism, Animal Rites should interest readers in a wide range of fields, from science and literature to philsosophy and ethics, from animal rights and ecology to literary theory and criticism.
- Author BiographyCary Wolfe is professor of English at the State University of New York at Albany. 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.
- Author(s)Cary Wolfe
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication14/02/2003
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight352 g
- Width153 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Foreword byW. J. T. Mitchell
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