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

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University of Chicago Press, Feb 1, 2003 - Nature - 237 pages
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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 LÚvinas, 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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Contents

Introduction
1
Part One
19
Part Two
95
Postmodern Ethics the Question of the Animal and the Imperatives of Posthumanist Theory
190
Notes
209
Index
233
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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.

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