Animals and Their People

Connecting East and West in Cultural Animal Studies


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.

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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 The Last of Us , 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.
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