Stalking the Subject

Modernism and the Animal
Rohman, Carrie (Book - 2009)
Stalking the Subject
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Human and animal subjectivity converge in a historically unprecedented way within modernism, as evolutionary theory, imperialism, antirationalism, and psychoanalysis all grapple with the place of the human in relation to the animal. Drawing on the thought of Jacques Derrida and Georges Bataille, Carrie Rohman outlines the complex philosophical and ethical stakes involved in theorizing the animal in humanism, including the difficulty in determining an ontological place for the animal, the question of animal consciousness and language, and the paradoxical status of the human as both a primate body and a "human" mind abstracting itself from the physical and material world. Rohman then turns to the work of Joseph Conrad, D. H. Lawrence, H. G. Wells, and Djuna Barnes, authors who were deeply invested in the relationship between animality and identity. The Island of Dr. Moreau embodies a Darwinian nightmare of the evolutionary continuum; The Croquet Player thematizes the dialectic between evolutionary theory and psychoanalysis; and Women in Love , St. Mawr , and Nightwood all refuse to project animality onto others, inverting the traditional humanist position by valuing animal consciousness. A novel treatment of the animal in literature, Stalking the Subject provides vital perspective on modernism's most compelling intellectual and philosophical issues.
Authors: Rohman, Carrie
Title: Stalking the subject
modernism and the animal
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, c2009
Characteristics: xii, 192 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The animal among others
Imperialism and disavowal
Facing the animal
Recuperating the animal
Revising the human
ISBN: 0231145071
Research Call Number: JFE 09-1453
Statement of Responsibility: Carrie Rohman
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-183) and index
Subject Headings: Ethics in literature Evolution (Biology) in literature Animals Symbolic aspects Human-animal relationships in literature Modernism (Literature) Great Britain Animals in literature English literature 20th century History and criticism English literature 19th century History and criticism Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939 Influence Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 Influence
Topical Term: Ethics in literature
Evolution (Biology) in literature
Human-animal relationships in literature
Modernism (Literature)
Animals in literature
English literature
English literature
LCCN: 2008004864
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