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The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies

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March 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This wide-ranging volume explores the tension between the dietary practice of veganism and the manifestation, construction, and representation of a vegan identity in today’s society.

Emerging in the early 21st century, vegan studies is distinct from more familiar conceptions of "animal studies," an umbrella term for a three-pronged field that gained prominence in the late 1990s and early 2000s, consisting of critical animal studies, human animal studies, and posthumanism. While veganism is a consideration of these modes of inquiry, it is a decidedly different entity, an ethical delineator that for many scholars marks a complicated boundary between theoretical pursuit and lived experience. The Routledge Handbook of Vegan Studies is the must-have reference for the important topics, problems and key debates in the subject area and is the first of its kind. Comprising over 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into five parts:

• History of Vegan Studies

• Vegan Studies in the Disciplines

• Theoretical Intersections

• Contemporary Media Entanglements

• Veganism Around the World

These sections contextualize veganism beyond its status as a dietary choice, situating veganism within broader social, ethical, legal, theoretical, and artistic discourses. This book will be essential reading for students and researchers of vegan studies, animal studies and environmental ethics.

Table of Contents

Part 1: History and Foundational Texts

    1. Framing Vegan Studies, "Framing Vegan Studies: Vegetarianism, Veganism, Animal Studies, Ecofeminism," Laura Wright, Western Carolina University (reprint from The Vegan Studies Project)
    2. "Pythagoras, Plutarch, Porphyry, and the Ancient Defense of the Vegetarian Choice" – Joanna Komorowska, Greek and Byzantine Studies, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, Warsaw
    3. "Vegetarian and Vegan Histories" – Tom Hertweck, English, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
    4. "The Analytic Philosophers: Peter Singer’s Animal Liberation and Tom Regan’s The Case for Animal Rights" – Josh Milburn, Politics, University of York
    5. "The ‘Posthumanists’: Cary Wolfe and Donna Haraway"Eva Haifa Giraud, Media Studies, Keele University
    6. Part 2: Vegan Studies in the Disciplines

      A: Humanities

    7. Literature – a casebook - "Vegan Literature for Children: Epistemic Resistance, Agency, and the Anthropocene" – Marzena Kubisz, English, University of Silesia
    8. "Veganism, Ecoethics, and Climate Change in Margaret Atwood’s ‘MaddAddam’ Trilogy" – Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad, English and American Studies, University of Vienna
    9. "Vegan Cervantes: Meat Consumption and Social Degradation in Dialogue of the Dogs" – José Manuel Marrero Henríquez, Comparative Literature, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
    10. "A Quiet Riot: Veganism as Anti-Capitalism and Ecofeminist Revolt in Han Kang’s The Vegetarian"Liz Mayo, English, Jackson State Community College
    11. Philosophy: "Causal Impotence and Veganism: Recent Developments and Possible ways Forward" – David Killoren, Dianoia Institute of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University
    12. Rhetoric: "By Any Means of Persuasion Necessary: The Rhetoric of Veganism," Christopher Garland, Writing and Linguistics, Georgia Southern University.
    13. Law -"Veganism and the U.S. Legal System," Tim Phillips, Attorney at Law
    14. Sociology - "Vegan Studies and Sociology," Elizabeth Cherry, Sociology and Anthropology, Manhattanville College
    15. Psychology -"Psychology and Vegan Studies," Adam Feltz, Psychology, University of Oklahoma, and Silke Feltz, English, University of Oklahoma
    16. Food studies -"Vegan Studies and Food Studies," Jessica Holmes, English, University of Washington
    17. B: Religion

    18. Christianity - Veganism and Christianity," Allison Covey, Ethics, Villanova University
    19. Judaism -"Yes, but is it Kosher?: Varying Religio-Cultural Perspectives on Judaism and Veganism," Barry L. Stiefel, Historic Preservation and Community Planning, College of Charleston
    20. Hinduism - "Veganism, Hinduism, and Jainism in India: A Geo-cultural Inquiry," Saurav Kumar, Banaras Hindu University
    21. Buddhism - "The Interface between ‘Identity’ and ‘Aspiration’: Reading the Buddhist Teachings Through a Vegan Lens," Joyjit Ghosh, English, Vidyasagar University, and Krishanu Maiti, English, Vidyasagar University
    22. Islam -"Veganism and Islam," Magfirah Dahlan, Humanities, Craven Community College
    23. Part 3: Theoretical Engagements

    24. Ecocriticism – "A Vegan Ecofeminist Queer Ecological View of Ecocriticism: A Costa Rican Natureculture Walk in Literary/Environmental Studyland," Adriana Jimenez Rodríguez, University of Costa Rica
    25. Animal Studies – "Veganism in Critical Animal Studies: Humanist and Post-Humanist Perspectives," Jonathan Sparks-Franklin, Religious Studies, Indiana University
    26. Queer theory – "Vegan Studies and Queer Theory," Emelia Quinn, English, University of Amsterdam
    27. Postcolonial theory—"‘You Would Betray Your Own Mother for Meat’: A Postcolonial Vegan Reading of Tsitsi Dangarembga’s Nervous Conditions," Sarah Rhu and Laura Wright, English, Western Carolina University
    28. Critical Race Theory – "Radical Recipe: Veganism as Anti-Racism," Marilisa C. Navarro, African American Studies, Thomas Jefferson University
    29. Gender studies – "Vegan Studies and Gender Studies," Alex Lockwood, Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland
    30. Part 4: Veganism is in the Media

    31. Film (documentaries) – "Screening Veganism: The Production, Rhetoric, and Reception of Vegan Advocacy Films," Alexa Weik von Mossner, English, University of Klagenfurt
    32. Film and television (fiction) – "(Mis)representing Veganism in Film and Television," Kate Stewart, Sociology, Nottingham Trent University, UK, and Matthew Cole, Criminology, the Open University, UK
    33. In the media – "Merchandizing Veganism," Simon C. Estok, English Literature and Critical Theory, Sungkyunkwan University
    34. In advertising – "‘Friends Don’t Let Friends Eat Tofu’: A Rhetorical Analysis of Fast Food Corporation ‘Anti-Vegan-Options,’ Advertisements," Erin Trauth, English, High Point University
    35. Social media – "The Vegan Myth: The Rhetoric of Online Anti-Veganism," Carmen Aguilera-Carnerero, Linguistics, Universidad de Granada, and Margarita Carretero-González, Universidad de Granada
    36. Part 5: Vegan Geographies

    37. Vegan Food Tourism – "Vegan Food Tourism: Experiences and Implications," Francesc Fusté-Forné, Tourism, University of Girona
    38. In China – "Toward a New Humanity: Animal Cruelty in China in Light of COVID-19," Ruth Y.Y. Hung, English Department, Hong Kong Baptist University
    39. In Ireland – "Vegan Geographies in Ireland," Corey Wrenn, Sociology, University of Kent


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Laura Wright is a Professor in the Department of English at Western Carolina University, USA.