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Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

Animal Visions

Posthumanist Dream Writing

Authors: Pyke, Susan Mary

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  • Presents a theoretical framework that considers posthuman dream writing as a conduit to politically charged affective reading, through the vantage of literary animal studies
    Argues that posthuman dream writing can resist exclusionary assumptions of human stewardship over nonhuman animals through an analysis that firstly intersects with radical feminist insights that consider the depiction of dreams and visions as an avenue to imagine different social orderings 
    Concludes that the progressions offered by posthuman dream writing allow empathetic readers the opportunity to imagine less masterful human relations with nonhuman animals and their habitats 

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Animal Visions considers how literature responds to the harms of anthropocentricism, working with Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights (1847) and various adaptations of this canonistic novel to show how posthumanist dream writing unsettles the privileging of the human species over other species. Two feminist and post-Freudian responses, Kathy Acker’s poem “Obsession” (1992) and Anne Carson’s “The Glass Essay” (1997) most strongly extend Brontë’s dream writing in this direction. Building on the trope of a ludic Cathy ghost who refuses the containment of logic and reason, these and other adaptations offer the gift of a radical peri-hysteria. This emotional excess is most clearly seen in Kate Bush’s music video “Wuthering Heights” (1978) and Peter Kosminsky’s film Wuthering Heights (1992). Such disturbances make space for a moor love that is particularly evident in Jane Urquhart’s novel Changing Heaven (1989) and, to a lesser extent Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Wuthering Heights” (1961). Brontë’s Wuthering Heights  and its most productive afterings make space for co-affective relations between humans and other animal beings. Andrea Arnold’s film Wuthering Heights (2011) and Luis Buñuel’s Abismos de Pasión (1954) also highlight the rupturing split gaze of non-acting animals in their films. In all of these works depictions of intra-active and entangled responses between animals show the potential for dynamic and generative multispecies relations, where the human is one animal amongst the kin of the world.

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Susan Mary Pyke teaches creative writing, literary criticism and environmental studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She writes articles and essays in the shared fields of animal studies, literary criticism and ecocriticism, as well as fiction and poetry. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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eBook $69.99
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Hardcover $89.99
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animal Visions
Book Subtitle
Posthumanist Dream Writing
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03877-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03877-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-03876-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 314
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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