Speaking of Animals consists of a linked series of thirteen essays about subjects ranging from deciding to castrate a dog, evaluating recent dog memoirs, observing animals in Spain, reading about the training of big cats, watching Animal Planet, and being unable to kill a racoon in Texas. So often personal, even while analyzing novels such as
Water for Elephants or movies such as
Into the Wild, the essays offer both an implicit critique and a continuation of recent discursive trends in animal studies, whose language is too haplessly abstracted from the animals in whose name we humans strive to speak as well as narrate.
Terry Caesar, Ph.D. (1978), has been Professor of American Literature at Mukogawa University as well as Professor of English at Clarion University. He has published seven books (three co-edited with Eva Bueno) on the politics of American and Japanese higher education as well as Latin American popular culture and American travel writing.
All interested in creative nonfiction and literary theory as well as cultural studies, film studies, English and American literature, travel, sociology, anthropology, and most especially animal studies.