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Fauna-criticism, Ethics and the Representation of Animals in Spanish American Fiction and Poetry
In Creature Discomfort: Fauna-criticism, Ethics, and the Representation of Animals in Spanish American Fiction and Poetry, Scott M. DeVries uncovers a tradition in Spanish American literature where animal-ethical representations anticipate many of the most pressing concerns from present debates in animal studies. The author documents moments from the corpus that articulate long-standing positions such as a defense of animal rights or advocacy for liberationism, that engage in literary philosophical meditations concerning mind theory and animal sentience, and that anticipate current ideas from Critical Animal Studies including the rejection of hierarchical differentiations between the categories human and nonhuman.

Creature Discomfort innovates the notion of “fauna-criticism” as a new literary approach within animal studies; this kind of analysis emphasizes the reframing of literary history to expound animal ethical positions from literary texts, both those that have been considered canonical as well as those that have long been neglected. In this study, DeVries employs fauna-criticism to examine nonhuman sentience, animal interiority, and other ethical issues such as the livestock and pet industries, circuses, zoos, hunting, and species extinction in fictional narrative and poetry from the nineteenth century, modernista, Regional, indigenista, and contemporary periods of Spanish American literature.

can be used to measure animals’ preferences and how much effort or time they put up with in order to achieve what goals. The basis of these approaches is that animals are able to make decisions and, in the case of a limited time or energy budget, behave like logical, human consumers. If there is

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare

continues with reference to Dawkins (1990): if we can vary the time or energy an animal has to spend on certain activities or on the use of a certain resource, the conditions are in place to quantify the demand for that activity or resource. The different elasticity of the demand curves for different

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare

the hottest rock stars in the industry.” A “high-energy, rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza and nighttime killer whale show” awaited interested audiences. Lastly, the “Blue Horizons” show had dolphins and birds performing together. The result was “a mesmerizing display of dance, flight, color and

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare

means a saving of time and energy. For example, in order to achieve the maximum aerodynamic stability, the gulls position themselves precisely in the wind for 93 percent of their drops. Prey that had to be thrown several times, and was now covered with sand, was often carried to the water and washed off

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare

can be used to measure animals’ preferences and how much effort or time they put up with in order to achieve what goals. The basis of these approaches is that animals are able to make decisions and, in the case of a limited time or energy budget, behave like logical, human consumers. If there is

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare

continues with reference to Dawkins (1990): if we can vary the time or energy an animal has to spend on certain activities or on the use of a certain resource, the conditions are in place to quantify the demand for that activity or resource. The different elasticity of the demand curves for different

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare

the hottest rock stars in the industry.” A “high-energy, rock ‘n’ roll extravaganza and nighttime killer whale show” awaited interested audiences. Lastly, the “Blue Horizons” show had dolphins and birds performing together. The result was “a mesmerizing display of dance, flight, color and

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare

means a saving of time and energy. For example, in order to achieve the maximum aerodynamic stability, the gulls position themselves precisely in the wind for 93 percent of their drops. Prey that had to be thrown several times, and was now covered with sand, was often carried to the water and washed off

In: Cognitive Kin, Moral Strangers? Linking Animal Cognition, Animal Ethics & Animal Welfare