1st Edition

Poetics and Ethics of Anthropomorphism
Children, Animals and Poetry

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ISBN 9781032113111
October 25, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

Poetics and Ethics of Anthropomorphism: Children, Animals and Poetry will critically contextualize anthropomorphism in traditional and contemporary poetic and theoretical discourse. Key issues and aspects of the study will include the representation of animals through anthropomorphism, anthropocentrism, affective and emotional responses to other-than-human species, animal absence, and what we will call a child-animal nature-and-nurture dynamism. These issues are also crucial to zoomorphism – the attribution of animal traits to deities and non-animal entities and events, zoomorphism routinely being the concomitant (or flipside) of anthropomorphism.

Table of Contents


1. Dear Little Man: Who’s Talking to Whom?

2. How Practical are these Cats? Animal Poetry at Large

3. The Little Dog Laughed to See Such Sport: The Childish Appeal of Humanimal Ambivalences

4. Beware the Jubjub Bird: Cautionary Verses Revisited

5. If You Go Down to the Woods Today: Wild and Domestic Textuality

6. ‘They’d Eaten Every One’: Food Anthropomorphism in ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’ and Elsewhere

7. This Little Piggie Went to Market: A New Humanimal Politics for Poetry

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Christopher (Kit) Kelen is a poet and painter, resident in the Myall Lakes of NSW. Published widely since the seventies, he has a dozen full length collections in English as well as translated books of poetry in Chinese, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian, Swedish, Norwegian and Filipino. A Greek bi-lingual volume is in preparation. His latest book of poetry in English is Poor Man's Coat - Hardanger Poems, published by UWAP in 2018. Kit's Book of Mother is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann in 2021. Emeritus Professor at the University of Macau, where he taught for many years, Kit Kelen is also a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle. With Björn Sundmark, Kelen has edited two large scale Routledge anthologies in the Children’s Literature area: The Nation in Children’s Literature (2013) and Child Autonomy and Child Governance in Children's Literature: Where Children Rule? (2017). In 2017, Kelen was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Malmö, in Sweden. Literary editor for Postcolonial Text and Series Editor for Flying Islands Pocket Poets Series, Kit Kelen has mentored many poets and translators from various parts of the world, and run a number of on-line communities of practice in poetry (most notably Project 366 [from 2016-2020]). Kit is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. Kit's work-in-progress may be followed at https://thedailykitkelen.blogspot.com/. 

Chengcheng You is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau. Her articles appeared in Children’s Literature in Education, Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, The Lion and the Unicorn, International Research in Children’s Literature, and History of Education and Children’s Literature. Her publications also include book chapters published in the anthologies: Child Governance and Autonomy in Children’s Literature (2017) and Debatable Lands: New Directions in Children’s Gothic (2017) and Posthumanism in Fantastic Fiction (2018). Currently her research interests include critical approaches to children’s literature, interdisciplinary studies in animals and literature, adaptation of Chinese classics and the translation of Children’s Literature.