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Derrida and Other AnimalsThe Boundaries of the Human$
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Judith Still

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748680979

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748680979.001.0001

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The Love of the Wolf

The Love of the Wolf

(p.110) 3 The Love of the Wolf
Derrida and Other Animals

Judith Still

Edinburgh University Press

Derrida’s The Beast and the Sovereign volume 1 explores above all the political philosophical figure of the animal, and, while sexual difference is repeatedly evoked, little sustained attention is paid to women writers or to the ramifications of woman occupying the place of the animal in a hierarchy with man. This chapter starts with Derrida’s intertexts for the figure of the wolf in a domestic context: Plautus (Asinaria), Montaigne and Rousseau’s Confessions. It then supplements these by focusing on writing of the twentieth century by Cixous, Vivien (The Lady with the She-Wolf), Duffy (The World’s Wife) and Carter (The Bloody Chamber) which evokes the love of the wolf as both desirable and frightening. Tsvetaeva’s writing comes in as an intertext in Cixous’s ‘Love of the Wolf’, in particular her long poem ‘Le Gars’ and her essays on Pushkin. Fairy tales, notably Red Riding Hood, are also key intertexts. The chapter also returns to Derrida’s analysis of Deleuze and Lacan in their specification of the animal against man.

Keywords:   Hélène Cixous, Renée Vivien, Carol Ann Duffy, Marina Tsvetaeva, Angela Carter, Pushkin, Red Riding Hood

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