Animal Rites

Cary Wolfe

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780226905136
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226905129 | DOI:
Animal Rites

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This book 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, Maturana, and Varela. Through detailed readings of how discourses of race, sexuality, colonialism, and animality interact in twentieth-century American culture, the author explores what it means, in theory and critical practice, to take seriously “the question of the animal.”

Keywords: humanism; ethics; animal rights; Wittgenstein; Cavell; Lyotard; Lévinas; Derrida; Maturana; Varela

Book.  253 pages. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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