Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World

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Jodey Castricano
Wilfrid Laurier University Press, May 20, 2008 - Nature - 324 pages
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Although Cultural Studies has directed sustained attacks against sexism and racism, the question of the animal has lagged behind developments in broader society with regard to animal suffering in factory farming, product testing, and laboratory experimentation, as well in zoos, rodeos, circuses, and public aquariums. The contributors to Animal Subjects are scholars and writers from diverse perspectives whose work calls into question the boundaries that divide the animal kingdom from humanity, focusing on the medical, biological, cultural, philosophical, and ethical concerns between non-human animals and ourselves. The first of its kind to feature the work of Canadian scholars and writers in this emergent field, this collection aims to include the non-human-animal question as part of the ethical purview of Cultural Studies and to explore the question in interdisciplinary terms.

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Contents

Chicken
33
Vesalius Descartes Rembrandt
63
Humanism Antihumanism
97
Cognitive Science Deconstruction
125
Animals in Moral Space
145
Electric Sheep and the New Argument from Nature
177
The Case of Marineland
195
Animals in Mary Wollstonecraft
223
Animals as Persons
241
One Tortured Cat and Many Twisted
259
Blame and Shame? How Can We Reduce Unproductive
271
An Argument for the Possibility
285
Contributors
301
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About the author (2008)

Jodey Castricano is an associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and has long been an advocate of animal rights. Research concerns extend to the history of ideas in the nineteenth century, particularly in the context of Darwinian theory and the development of psychoanalysis. Previous publications include Cryptomimesis: The Gothic and Jacques Derrida’s Ghost Writing (2001). Gothic Subjects: Literature, Film, and Psychoanalysis is forthcoming from University of Wales Press.

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