Animal Theory: A Critical Introduction (Paperback)

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A critical introduction to theoretical approaches to animals and animality

From 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 Features

Provides a wide-ranging discussion of theoretical approaches to animals in modern and contemporary philosophy

Offers an accessible guide to key concepts in animal theory

Intervenes in current debates by critically engaging with theoretical issues and suggesting new ways to consider human-animal relations

Includes close readings of four contemporary literary texts to supplement the theoretical discussion

Contains a list of 'Key Texts' and 'Further Reading' at the end of each chapter

Derek 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.

About the Author


Derek Ryan is Senior Lecturer in Modernist Literature at the University of Kent. He is author of Animal Theory: A Critical Introduction (2015) and Virginia Woolf and the Materiality of Theory: Sex, Animal, Life (2013), and has co-edited several volumes including The Handbook to the Bloomsbury Group (2018) and Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern (2019). He is currently the Literature Editor for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism and a co-editor of the Cambridge Edition of Virginia Woolf's Flush: A Biography.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780748682201
ISBN-10: 0748682201
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: June 14th, 2015
Pages: 168
Language: English