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Animal Writing: Storytelling, Selfhood and the Limits of Empathy

Danielle Sands


Reading contemporary fiction and philosophy alongside each other, Animal Writingproposes a thinking of and with animals which brings together critical and affective approaches. Aspiring to a critical distancing from the sometimes claustrophobic proximity of empathy – currently the prevailing mode in Animal Studies – this book interrogates the claims made of empathy without exchanging it for the kind of abstract, disembodied reason which has long disavowed the ethical status of nonhuman life. This book is particularly interested in the stories that we tell, and are told, by beings at the edges ... More

Keywords: Animal Studies, Storytelling Empathy Selfhood Contemporary Fiction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474439039
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474439039.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Sands, author
Royal Holloway University of London