A critical introduction to theoretical approaches to animals and animalityFrom caged orangutans to roasted pig, from dog training to horse phobias, from communicating bees to ruminating cows, Derek Ryan explores how animals are encountered in theoretical discourse. Across four thematically organised chapters on Animals as Humans Animal Ontology Animal Life and Animal Ethics he offers extended discussions of Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Derrida, Deleuze, Singer, Nussbaum, Adams and Haraway among others, as well as lively readings of contemporary literary texts by Carter, Coetzee, Auster and Foer. Intended as a resource for researchers, students, teachers and all those interested in human-animal relationships, Animal Theory: A Critical Introduction provides an accessible and authoritative account of the challenges and potential in thinking about and with animals.Key FeaturesProvides a wide-ranging discussion of theoretical approaches to animals in modern and contemporary philosophyOffers an accessible guide to key concepts in animal theoryIntervenes in current debates by critically engaging with theoretical issues and suggesting new ways to consider human-animal relationsIncludes close readings of four contemporary literary texts to supplement the theoretical discussionContains a list of Key Texts and Further Reading at the end of each chapterDerek Ryan is Lecturer in Modernist Literature at the University of Kent and author of Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). His other publications include articles and essays that combine interests in modernism, philosophy and animal studies.
Edinburgh University Press
A Critical Introduction