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How did humans respond to the eighteenth-century discovery of countless new species of animals? This book explores the gamut of intense human-animal interactions: from love to cultural identifications, moral reflections, philosophical debates, classification systems, mechanical copies, insults and literary creativity.

Dogs, cats and horses, of course, play central roles. But this volume also features human reflections upon parrots, songbirds, monkeys, a rhino, an elephant, pigs, and geese – all the way through to the admired silkworms and the not-so-admired bookworms.

An exceptionally wide array of source materials are used in this volume’s ten separate contributions, plus the editorial introduction, to demonstrate this diversity. As eighteenth-century humans came to realise that they too are animals, they had to recast their relationships with their fellow living-beings on Planet Earth. And these considerations remain very much live ones to this day.
Author: Andrew Milner
Editor: J.R. Burgmann
Again, Dangerous Visions: Essays in Cultural Materialism brings together twenty-six essays charting the development of Andrew Milner’s distinctively Orwellian version of cultural materialism between 1981 and 2015. The essays address three substantive areas: the sociology of literature, cultural materialism and the cultural politics of the New Left, and utopian and science fiction studies. They are bookended by two conversations between Milner and his editor J.R. Burgmann, the first looking back retrospectively on the development of Milner’s thought, the second looking forward prospectively towards the future of academia, the political left and science fiction.
The present age of omnipresent terrorism is also an era of ever-expanding policing. What is the meaning — and the consequences — of this situation for literature and literary criticism? Policing Literary Theory attempts to answer these questions presenting intriguing and critical analyses of the interplays between police/policing and literature/literary criticism in a variety of linguistic milieus and literary traditions: American, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and others. The volume explores the mechanisms of formulation of knowledge about literature, theory, or culture in general in the post-Foucauldian surveillance society. Topics include North Korean dictatorship, spy narratives, censorship in literature and scholarship, Russian and Soviet authoritarianism, Eastern European cultures during communism, and Kafka’s work.

Contributors: Vladimir Biti, Reingard Nethersole, Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu, Sowon Park, Marko Juvan, Kyohei Norimatsu, Péter Hajdu, Norio Sakanaka, John Zilcosky, Yvonne Howell, and Takayuki Yokota-Murakami.
Volume Editors: Laura Crossley and Clara Sitbon
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2016.

We have entered a ‘post-truth era’, in which, Daniel J. Boorstin notes, ‘believability’ has become an acceptable substitute for ‘truth’, and ‘manifold deceptions of our culture’ are difficult to separate from ‘its few enduring truths’. In this era, communities and individuals may feel routinely duped, cheated or betrayed. Though truth may be considered intrinsically valuable, deception may sometimes be useful or necessary. Sometimes there is pleasure in the spectacle of deception. The essays in this volume address a variety of areas, coming from different disciplines and methodological approaches: what unites them is the notion of deception. Deception is not just one thing: it can be used for personal liberation and expression; it can be use as a tool of state oppression and sometimes it is purely entertainment. We encounter deception every day of our lives: these essays explore some the ways in which we do.
Author: Paula Morgan
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2015.

This volume explores the diversity of transnational catalysts of trauma and the interconnected nature of its global out workings. With reference to literary, filmic, visual and memorial representations, the volume reflects trauma as a multi-contextual impact emanating out of a macrocosmic and microcosmic social catalysts. The essays deal with broad issues of religious and political ideologies, imperial impulses, ethnic and national contestation and the myriad ways in which they drill down to the individual level - domestic violence and other violations, poverty and oppression, inequity, gnawing injustice and more. They also crisscross over domestic, national and global political frameworks. The essays speak to the imperative to represent painful collective pasts so as to alleviate its agony and acknowledge the right of its victims and perpetrators to give witness. By extension, it speaks to the practical and ideological imperative to engage issues of trauma, ethics and testimony.
Volume Editors: Anja A. Drautzburg and Jackson Oldfield
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

In November 2011, academics from across the disciplines came together to discuss the idea of suffering. This book is a product of that meeting, bringing together the ideas of 17 authors to discuss, from different perspectives, what does it mean to suffer and can meaning be made out of suffering?
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

This ebook provides an overview of the research presented at the seventh annual Visions of Humanity in Cyberculture, Cyberspace, and Science Fiction conference, hosted by Inter-Disciplinary.Net at Mansfield College, Oxford, in July 2012. Ranging from analyses of virtual spaces and cyberpunk fiction to critical examinations of posthumanism and online behaviour, with numerous fascinating detours along the way, these interdisciplinary and international perspectives provide further evidence, if any was needed, that our lives are intricately networked and connected—across digital, fictional, intellectual, and posthuman spaces. In one way or another, the chapters collected here all attempt to navigate these spaces.
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2013.

What is forgiveness? Can forgiveness truly by achieved? How does one forgive? These are just a few of the areas explored by researchers from around the world who have gathered together in one volume to discuss a common theme: forgiveness. The diversity of academic disciplines represented in this volume results in genuinely multidisciplinary discussions enriched by a range of world-views.
This collection of essays takes on two of the most pressing questions that face the discipline of Comparative Literature today: “Why compare?” and “Where do we go from here?”. At a difficult economic time, when universities all over the world once again have to justify the social as well as academic value of their work, it is crucial that we consider the function of comparison itself in reaching across disciplinary and cultural boundaries.
The essays written for this book are by researchers from all over the world, and range in topic from the problem of translating biblical Hebrew to modern atheism, from Freud to Marlene van Niekerk, from the formation of one person’s identity to experiences of globalisation, and the relation of history to fiction. Together they display the ground-breaking, ideas which lie at the heart of an act as deceptively simple as comparing one piece of writing to another.
This volume was first published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2012.

The chapters assembled in this e-Book are a taste of an ongoing discussion on evil and magic which promises to last as long as ‘the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’ and while the realisation that ‘magic is believing in yourself: if you can do that, you can make anything happen’ does not become a global motto. The first group of chapters, collected in Part I, addresses the ethics and effects of translating magic into literary representations, as well as real-life current practices, of creativity and personal change on the one hand, and of the harmful, malevolent infliction of pain on a third party on another, thus challenging the boundaries of the cultural binary constructions of magic as either good or evil. In Part II, the second group of chapters examines several philosophical, theological, historical, literary, political and pop culture attempts towards understanding different meanings, and kinds, of evil, thus broadening our perception of what evil is and how it has been theorized from Plato to contemporary international politics. This is our time, our call, our responsibility, to undo evil by carrying the magical torch of good to the next station – so that good, as if by magic, can also become contagious among the human kind.