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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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Plants in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

Plants in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

1st Edition

Forthcoming

Edited By Melanie Duckworth, Lykke Guanio-Uluru
November 01, 2021

From the forests of the tales of the Brothers’ Grimm to Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree, from the flowers of Cicely May Barker’s fairies to the treehouse in Andy Griffith and Terry Denton’s popular 13 Story Treehouse series, trees and other plants have been enduring features of stories for children ...

The Ethos of Digital Environments Technology, Literary Theory and Philosophy

The Ethos of Digital Environments: Technology, Literary Theory and Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited By Susanna Lindberg, Hanna-Riikka Roine
May 28, 2021

While self-driving cars and autonomous weapon systems have received a great deal of attention in media and research, the general requirements of ethical life in today’s digitalizing reality have not been made sufficiently visible and evaluable. This collection of articles from both distinguished ...

Transhumanism and Posthumanism in Twenty-First Century Narrative

Transhumanism and Posthumanism in Twenty-First Century Narrative

1st Edition

Edited By Sonia Baelo-Allué, Mónica Calvo-Pascual
May 06, 2021

Transhumanism and Posthumanism in Twenty-First Century Narrative brings together fifteen scholars from five different countries to explore the different ways in which the posthuman has been addressed in contemporary culture and more specifically in key narratives, written in the second decade of ...

Bees in Early Modern Transatlantic Literature Sovereign Colony

Bees in Early Modern Transatlantic Literature: Sovereign Colony

1st Edition

By Nicole A. Jacobs
November 30, 2020

This book examines apian imagery—bees, drones, honey, and the hive—in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literary and oral traditions. In England and the New World colonies during a critical period of expansion, the metaphor of this communal society faced unprecedented challenges even as it ...

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

Edited By Chiara Mengozzi
June 15, 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

By 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

Edited By 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 ...

Ghost, Android, Animal Trauma and Literature Beyond the Human

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

1st Edition

By 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 ...

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

Edited By 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 ...

Reading Literary Animals Medieval to Modern

Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern

1st Edition

Edited By 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

Edited By 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

Edited By 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 ...

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