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Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0226905144
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"Animal Rites offers exciting new readings of a rich variety of texts. This is an original and provocative work that will open up important new arenas of discussion in literary and cultural studies, as well as the discourse of animal rights." - N. Katherine Hayles, author of How We Became Posthuman

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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 Lévinas, 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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (February 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226905144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226905143
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By C. Bettencourt on October 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book is an extremely well researched look at the animal 'other' and its place in human society. Wolfe ties in all the major philosophical players, while managing to present a refreshingly new point of view. Although I'd recommend this book to anyone doing research in the area, casual readers should be warned that this is not a light read. It is helpful, possibly even necessary, to be familiar with the doctrines of humanism before reading this work.
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Wow. Cary Wolfe is extremely well-read in comparison to the majority of authors I've encountered who write on the subject of humanist anthropocentrism, and this book is a refreshing work in its content and variety. I've just started to read it, and I already know it's going to be one of my new favorites. Wolfe addresses given issues and ideas in specific ways I'd previously only hoped and dreamed someone would. His work definitly stands out above the crowd in terms of the subject matter. I highly recommend it.
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