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Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture


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In recent years, many disciplines within the humanities have become increasingly concerned with non-human actors and entities. The environment, animals, machines, objects, weather, and other non-human beings and things have taken center stage to challenge assumptions about what we have traditionally called "the human." Informed by theoretical approaches like posthumanism, the new materialisms, (including Actor Network Theory, Object-Oriented Ontology, and similar approaches) ecocriticism, and critical animal studies, such scholarship has until now had no separate and identifiable collective home at an academic press. This series will provide that home, publishing work that shares a concern with the non-human in literary and cultural studies. The series invites single-authored books and essay collections that focus primarily on literary texts, but from an interdisciplinary, theoretically-informed perspective; it will include work that crosses geographical and period boundaries. Titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Outside the Anthropological Machine: Crossing the Human-Animal Divide and Other Exit Strategies

Outside the Anthropological Machine: Crossing the Human-Animal Divide and Other Exit Strategies

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Chiara Mengozzi
July 03, 2020

In the midst of the climate crisis and the threat of the sixth extinction, we can no longer claim to be the masters of nature. Rather, we need to unlearn our species’ arrogance for the sake of all animals, human and non-human. Rethinking our being-in-the-world as Homo sapiens, this monograph argues...

Writing the Land, Writing Humanity: The Maya Literary Renaissance

Writing the Land, Writing Humanity: The Maya Literary Renaissance

1st Edition

Charles M. Pigott
March 17, 2020

The Maya Literary Renaissance is a growing yet little-known literary phenomenon that can redefine our understanding of "literature" universally. By analyzing eight representative texts of this new and vibrant literary movement, the book argues that the texts present literature as a trans-species...

Animals and Their Children in Victorian Culture

Animals and Their Children in Victorian Culture

1st Edition

Brenda Ayres, Sarah Elizabeth Maier
November 27, 2019

Whether a secularized morality, biblical worldview, or unstated set of mores, the Victorian period can and always will be distinguished from those before and after for its pervasive sense of the "proper way" of thinking, speaking, doing, and acting. Animals in literature taught Victorian children...

Shakespeare’s Things: Shakespearean Theatre and the Non-Human World in History, Theory, and Performance

Shakespeare’s Things: Shakespearean Theatre and the Non-Human World in History, Theory, and Performance

1st Edition

Brett Gamboa, Lawrence Switzky
November 21, 2019

Floating daggers, enchanted handkerchiefs, supernatural storms, and moving statues have tantalized Shakespeare’s readers and audiences for centuries. The essays in Shakespeare’s Things: Shakespearean Theatre and the Non-Human World in History, Theory, and Performance renew attention to non-human...

Ghost, Android, Animal: Trauma and Literature Beyond the Human

Ghost, Android, Animal: Trauma and Literature Beyond the Human

1st Edition

Tony M. Vinci
November 21, 2019

Ghost, Android, Animal challenges the notion that trauma literature functions as a healing agent for victims of severe pain and loss by bringing trauma studies into the orbit of posthumanist thought. Investigating how literary representations of ghosts, androids, and animals engage traumatic...

Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern

Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern

1st Edition

Karen L. Edwards, Derek Ryan, Jane Spencer
September 11, 2019

Reading Literary Animals explores the status and representation of animals in literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. Essays by leading scholars in the field examine various figurative, agential, imaginative, ethical, and affective aspects of literary encounters with animality, showing...

Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture

Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and Culture

1st Edition

Sanna Karkulehto, Aino-Kaisa Koistinen, Essi Varis
July 17, 2019

  The time has come for human cultures to seriously think, to severely conceptualize, and to earnestly fabulate about all the nonhuman critters we share our world with, and to consider how to strive for more ethical cohabitation. Reconfiguring Human, Nonhuman and Posthuman in Literature and...

Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film

Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film

1st Edition

Hande Gurses, Irmak Ertuna Howison
February 25, 2019

The landscape of Turkey, with its trees and animals inspires narratives of survival, struggle and escape. Animals, Plants, and Landscapes: An Ecology of Turkish Literature and Film, will be the first major study to offer fresh theoretical insight into this landscape, by offering a collection of...

Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash

Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash

1st Edition

Brenda Ayres
December 04, 2018

Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash investigates the notion that British Victorians did see themselves as a naturally dominant species over other humans and over animals. They were conscientiously, hegemonically determined to rule those beneath them and the animal within themselves,...

Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism

Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism

1st Edition

Tom Idema
November 08, 2018

Stages of Transmutation: Science Fiction, Biology, and Environmental Posthumanism develops the theoretical perspective of environmental posthumanism through analyses of acclaimed science fiction novels by Greg Bear, Octavia Butler, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Jeff VanderMeer, in which the human...

The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England

The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Myra E. Wright
October 22, 2018

Myra E. Wright takes ecocritical studies on an interdisciplinary turn toward the water with her new research monograph, The Poetics of Angling in Early Modern England. Identifying the lively presence of both literal and metaphorical images of sportfishing in all kinds of early modern writing, this...

Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England

Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England

1st Edition

Benjamin Bertram
June 01, 2018

Although war is a heterogeneous assemblage of the human and nonhuman, it nevertheless builds the illusion of human autonomy and singularity. Focusing on war and ecology, a neglected topic in early modern ecocriticism, Bestial Oblivion: War, Humanism, and Ecology in Early Modern England shows how...

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