Animals and Their People: Connecting East and West in Cultural Animal Studies, edited by Anna Barcz and Dorota Łagodzka, provides a zoocentric insight into philosophical, artistic, and literary problems in Western, Anglo-American, and Central-Eastern European context. The contributors go beyond treating humans as the sole object of research and comprehension, and focus primarily on non-human animals. This book results from intellectual exchange between Polish and foreign researchers and highlights cultural perspective as an exciting language of animal representation. Animals and Their People aims to bridge the gap between Anglo-American and Central European human-animal studies.
Anna Barcz, Ph.D., is an independent researcher and the author of Ecorealism: From Ecocriticism to Zoocriticism in Polish Literature (Katowice 2016), Animal Narratives and Culture: Vulnerable Realism (Newcastle upon Tyne 2017), and many research articles on the environment and culture.
Dorota Łagodzka is an art historian, lecturer, art exhibitions curator, and coordinator of the Anthropozoology Studies program at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales,” at the University of Warsaw. She is also the recipient of two research grants from the National Science Centre Poland.
Preface, Anna Barcz and Dorota Łagodzka Notes on Contributors
Part 1: Correlation in Arts: Theory and Practice of Art towards Nonhuman Animals
Between Philology and Biology: Animal Music and Its Epistemological and Methodological Framework, Martin Ullrich Human and Animal Portraits, or the Issue of Similarity after Darwin, Anna Barcz Animal Art Exhibitions in Poland from the late 1990s to the Present Day, Dorota Łagodzka
Part 2: Canine as a Framework
Contact Zones—Where Dogs and Humans Meet: Dog-Human-Metamorphosis in Contemporary Art, Jessica Ullrich Renaissance Humanists and Their Dogs, Piotr Urbański My Dog and Literary “Translation” Criticism (The Subjectivity of the Dog in Flush by Virginia Woolf and Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka), Oksana Weretiuk “We Stretch Our Limits and Change Our Lives”: Interspecies Communication in Contemporary American Pet Memoirs, Małgorzata Rutkowska
Part 3: Nonhuman Animals in the Ecriture Feminine
Bodily Encounters with the Animal: The Dog and His/Her Human—Who are They?, Monika Rogowska-Stangret Thalia Field’s Posthumanist “Ecology of Questions” in Bird Lovers, Backyard, Małgorzata Myk From Species (Co-)Existence to Species (Co-)Evolution: Neo-Darwinian Concepts in the Literary Works of Anna Świrszczyńska and Anna Nasiłowska, Anna Filipowicz
Part 4: Human and Nonhuman Animal Postmodernity
Postmodern Breed: The Crisis of Breed as a Master Narrative of the Dog World, Justyna Włodarczyk People Like Animals? The Significance of Animal Threads in the Post-Apocalyptic World in
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, Bartłomiej Szleszyński Rewilding and Moral Conflicts: Ethics in the Aftermath of Successful Environmental Protection, Mateusz Tokarski
Part 5: Philosophy in Quest for Nonhuman Animals
Political Nonhuman Animal Voices: Rethinking Language and Politics with Nonhuman Animals, Eva Meijer New Concept of Subjectivity in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy as a Basis of Morality for Human and Nonhuman Animals, Amadeusz Just Animal Language and Human Discourse<, Krystian Marcin Grądz
All interested in animal studies, human-animal relations, art, culture, literature and philosophy, and how animal studies influence humanities.