Poetic Animals and Animal Souls

Author: R. Malamud

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137063491

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 200

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This book offers a new paradigm for reading and appreciating animals in literature and addresses how human culture views animals in poetry. Part one sets up a theoretical overview and posits some aesthetic and ethical ideals for transposing animals into art, while part two presents a more focused practical application of these ideals in one strain of animal poetry (as seen in the works of Marianne Moore, José Emilio Pacheco, Gary Snyder, Pattiann Rogers and others). The poetry analyzed in the book is respectfully and non-invasively insightful into animals; it is tinged with a distancing, and a kind of spiritual awe, regarding their existence.

Poetry and Animals

Blurring the Boundaries with the Human

Author: Onno Oerlemans

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231547420

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

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Why do poets write about animals? What can poetry do for animals and what can animals do for poetry? In some cases, poetry inscribes meaning on animals, turning them into symbols or caricatures and bringing them into the confines of human culture. It also reveals and revels in the complexity of animals: poetry, through its great variety and its inherently experimental nature, has embraced the multifaceted nature of animals to cross, blur, and reimagine the boundaries between human and animal. In Poetry and Animals, Onno Oerlemans explores a broad range of English-language poetry about animals from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world, revealing how poetry can contribute to our understanding of animals and our relations with them. He presents a taxonomy of the kinds of animal poems, breaking down the categories and binary oppositions at the root of human thinking about animals. The book considers several different types of poetry: allegorical poems; poems about “the animal” broadly conceived; poems about species of animal; poems about individual animals or the animal as individual; and poems about hybrids and hybridity. Through careful readings of dozens of poems that reveal generous and often sympathetic approaches to recognizing and valuing animals’ difference and similarity, Oerlemans demonstrates how the forms and modes of poetry can sensitize us to the moral standing of animals and give us new ways to think through the problems of the human-animal divide.

An Introduction to Animals and Visual Culture

Author: R. Malamud

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137009845

Category: Social Science

Page: 167

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A fascinating exploration of the way in which animals are 'framed' - contextualized, decontextualized - in contemporary visual culture. Written in a highly engaging style, this book challenges the field, dealing with some highly controversial aspects of animal exploitation and boldly examines material that is seldom discussed within animal studies.

Toxic Belonging? Identity and Ecology in Southern Africa

Author: Dan Wylie

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443809268

Category: Social Science

Page: 275

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Southern Africa’s literatures brim with references to the natural world, its landscapes and its animals. Both fictional and non-fictional works express ongoing debates, often highly politicised, concerning its various groups’ senses of identity and belonging in relation to the land and its denizens. This often involves a pervasive tension between ‘Western’, settler societies’ conceptions of modernity and indigenous world-views, each complicating the often simplistic binarisms drawn between them. In this selection of papers from the 2006 Literature and Ecology Colloquium, held in Grahamstown, South Africa, the complexities of forging imaginative and pragmatic senses of belonging in Southern Africa are explored from a variety of disciplinary persepectives: philosophical, historical, botanical, and anthropological as well as literary. Their subject-matter ranges widely – from Bushmen testimonies to Berlin missionaries, from prehistoric cave-dwellers to Schopenhauer, from white Batswana to lion-tamers – but find themselves echoing one another in intriguing and illuminating ways. These are highly localised meditations on age-old questions: What does it mean to be human within a natural environment? Why do we appear to be so damaging to the ecology that sustains us? Is our presence inevitably ‘toxic’ to our planetary fellow-travellers? How do we forge an ecologically sound sense of belonging in this post-colonial, post-apartheid, post-modern era? If this collection has a single most prominent question binding it together, it is this: What are the limits and potentialities of human compassion towards the natural world?

Going Away to Think

Engagement, Retreat, and Ecocritical Responsibility

Author: Scott Slovic

Publisher: University of Nevada Press

ISBN: 9780874177565

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 245

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In Going Away to Think, ecocritic Scott Slovic offers a selection of seventeen essays that include travel narratives, meditations on the social role of ecological literary criticism, responses to socially engaged literary and scholarly texts, and demonstrations of the author’s own forays into literary activism.

Animals and Society

An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies

Author: Margo DeMello

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526768

Category: Nature

Page: 488

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Considering that much of human society is structured through its interaction with non-human animals, and since human society relies heavily on the exploitation of animals to serve human needs, human–animal studies has become a rapidly expanding field of research, featuring a number of distinct positions, perspectives, and theories that require nuanced explanation and contextualization. The first book to provide a full overview of human–animal studies, this volume focuses on the conceptual construction of animals in American culture and the way in which it reinforces and perpetuates hierarchical human relationships rooted in racism, sexism, and class privilege. Margo DeMello considers interactions between humans and animals within the family, the law, the religious and political system, and other major social institutions, and she unpacks the different identities humans fashion for themselves and for others through animals. Essays also cover speciesism and evolutionary continuities; the role and preservation of animals in the wild; the debate over zoos and the use of animals in sports; domestication; agricultural practices such as factory farming; vivisection; animal cruelty; animal activism; the representation of animals in literature and film; and animal ethics. Sidebars highlight contemporary controversies and issues, with recommendations for additional reading, educational films, and related websites. DeMello concludes with an analysis of major philosophical positions on human social policy and the future of human–animal relations.

Making Animal Meaning

Author: Linda Kalof,Georgina M. Montgomery

Publisher: MSU Press

ISBN: 1609172345

Category: Social Science

Page: 312

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An elucidating collection of ten original essays, Making Animal Meaning reconceptualizes methods for researching animal histories and rethinks the contingency of the human-animal relationship. The vibrant and diverse field of animal studies is detailed in these interdisciplinary discussions, which include voices from a broad range of scholars and have an extensive chronological and geographical reach. These exciting discourses capture the most compelling theoretical underpinnings of animal significance while exploring meaning-making through the study of specific spaces, species, and human-animal relations. A deeply thoughtful collection — vital to understanding central questions of agency, kinship, and animal consumption — these essays tackle the history and philosophy of constructing animal meaning.

Looking at Animals in Human History

Author: Linda Kalof

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781861893345

Category: Art

Page: 222

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Taking in a wide range of visual and textual materials, Linda Kalof in Looking at Animals in Human History unearths many surprising and revealing examples of our depictions of animals.

Reading and Writing Poetry with Teenagers

Author: Fredric Lown,Judith W. Steinbergh

Publisher: Walch Publishing

ISBN: 9780825127939

Category: Education

Page: 172

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Models effective writing with student samples. Stimulates discussion with poems interesting to teens. Supports the teacher with helpful teaching suggestions. Provides an extensive bibliography.

Animal Geographies

Place, Politics, and Identity in the Nature-culture Borderlands

Author: Jennifer R. Wolch,Jody Emel

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841372

Category: Philosophy

Page: 310

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A highly topical survey of human's treatment of animals. Each year billions of animals are poisoned, dissected, displaced, killed for consumption, or held in captivity to be discarded as soon as their utility to humans has waned. The animal world has never been under greater peril. A broad-ranging collection of essays, Animal Geographies contributes to a much-needed, fundamental rethinking about our relation to animals. Animal Geographies explores the diverse ways in which animals shape the formation of human identity, looking, for example, at the racialization and gendering of animal images. From questions of identity and subjectivity, it moves to consideration of the places where people and animals confront the realities of coexistence on an everyday basis. It then examines the ways in which animals figure in the ongoing globalization of production and mass consumption, and finally, takes up legal and ethical approaches to human-animal relations. Animal Geographies compels a profound rethinking of the history of our relations with animals and offers a series of proposals for reconstituting this relationship on a progressive basis.

Animal Poems

Author: Valerie Worth

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

ISBN: 9780374380571

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

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“Ms. Worth brilliantly employs all aspects of the poet’s craft.” – The New York Times Book Review Each of the exquisite twenty-three poems in this posthumous collection by Valerie Worth carefully distinguishes one animal from all other creatures and captures it in all of its wonderful singularity – from wasp to snake to wren. The way Worth perfectly illuminates the uniqueness of each animal in her precise and elegant free verse will delight both fans of her celebrated Small Poems and readers encountering her poetry for the first time. Breathtakingly rich cut-paper illustrations by Steve Jenkins provide a perfect counterpoint to Worth’s spare style, and together poetry and picture bring every animal vividly to life. Animal Poems is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Animal Speak

The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small

Author: Ted Andrews

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 0738717630

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 400

View: 545


Open your heart and mind to the wisdom of the animal world. Animal Speak provides techniques for recognizing and interpreting the signs and omens of nature. Meet and work with animals as totems and spirit guides by learning the language of their behaviors within the physical world. Animal Speak shows you how to: Identify, meet, and attune to your spirit animals Discover the power and spiritual significance of more than 100 different animals, birds, insects, and reptiles Call upon the protective powers of your animal totem Create and use five magical animal rites, including shapeshifting and sacred dance This beloved, bestselling guide has become a classic reference for anyone wishing to forge a spiritual connection with the majesty and mystery of the animal world.

The Heaven of Animals

Author: Nancy Tillman

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0312553692

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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A comforting story in tribute to the loss of a pet depicts an idyllic heaven for animals with angels who play every dog's favorite game, rays of sunshine ideally suited to cats and unobscured sky fields where horses can run freely. By the creator of On the Night You Were Born.

In Praise of Animals

A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings

Author: Edward Searl

Publisher: Red Wheel Weiser

ISBN: 9781558965119

Category: Religion

Page: 190

View: 5270


Companionship, love, labor, even survival--animals offer all of these and more. In Praise of Animals honors the animals in our lives. In this unique collection, Edward Searl has gathered poems, prose, blessings, chants--tributes of all kinds, ancient and modern. He explores the varied topics of pets, wildlife, stewardship, ecology, evolution, and the spiritual connection among all creatures. In Praise of Animals is the ideal gift for animal lovers of all kinds--from those who work with animals to those who are welcoming a new pet or grieving the loss of one, to nature lovers in general. Perfect for animal-blessing ceremonies and other rituals that honor the animal kingdom. * Inspiring selections culled from a variety of sources, ancient and modern. This collection features poetry and prose from across the ages and around the world and includes passages from fiction, science, and children's literature. * From pets to wildlife, an anthology unlike any other. Offers selections on mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, work animals, and more. * Edward Searl is a seasoned minister of other successful collected anthologies on such topics as birth, marriage, and death. * Inspiring selections culled from a variety of sources, ancient and modern. This collection features poetry and prose from across the ages and around the world and includes passages from fiction, science, and children's literature. * From pets to wildlife, an anthology unlike any other. Offers selections on mammals, insects, reptiles, amphibians, birds, work animals, and more. * Edward Searl is a seasoned minister of other successful collected anthologies on such topics as birth, marriage, and death.

Teaching North American environmental literature

Author: Mark C. Long,Frederick O. Waage

Publisher: Modern Language Assn of Amer

ISBN: 9780873528108

Category: Education

Page: 502

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From stories about Los Angeles freeways to slave narratives to science fiction, environmental literature encompasses more than nature writing. The study of environmental narrative has flourished since the MLA published Teaching Environmental Literature in 1985. Today, writers evince a self-consciousness about writing in the genre, teachers have incorporated field study into courses, technology has opened up classroom possibilities, and institutions have developed to support study of this vital body of writing. The challenge for instructors is to identify core texts while maintaining the field's dynamic, open qualities.The essays in this volume focus on North American environmental writing, presenting teachers with background on environmental justice issues, ecocriticism, and ecofeminism. Contributors consider the various disciplines that have shaped the field, including African American, American Indian, Canadian, and Chicana/o literature. The interdisciplinary approaches recommended treat the theme of predators in literature, ecology and ethics, conservation, and film. A focus on place-based literature explores how students can physically engage with the environment as they study literature. The volume closes with an annotated resource guide organized by subject matter.

Dog Songs

Thirty-five Dog Songs and One Essay

Author: Mary Oliver

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1594204780

Category: Poetry

Page: 127

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A selection of new and favorite poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Primitive celebrates the canine companions who have enriched her world, exploring how they have accompanied her walks, inspired her work and served as life guides.

Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

Author: Diane Kelsey McColley

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754660484

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

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The focus of this study is the perception of nature in the language of poetry and the languages of natural philosophy, technology, theology, and global exploration, primarily in seventeenth century England. Its premise is that language and the perception of nature vitally affect each other and that seventeenth-century poets, primarily John Milton, Andrew Marvell, and Henry Vaughan, but also Margaret Cavendish, Thomas Traherne, Anne Finch, and others, responded to experimental proto-science and new technology in ways that we now call 'ecological' - concerned with watersheds and habitats and the lives of all creatures. It provides close readings of works by these poets in the contexts of natural history, philosophy, and theology as well as technology and land use, showing how they responded to what are currently considered ecological issues: deforestation, mining, air pollutionion, drainage of wetlands, destruction of habitats, the sentience and intelligence of animals, overbuilding, global commerce, the politics of land use, and relations between social justice and justice towards the other-than-human world. In this important book, Diane McColley demonstrates the language of poetry, the language of responsible science, and the language of moral and political philosophy all to be necessary parts of public discourse.