Species Matters

Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory

Edited by Marianne DeKoven and Michael Lundblad

Columbia University Press

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Species Matters

Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory

Edited by Marianne DeKoven and Michael Lundblad

Columbia University Press

Why has the academy struggled to link advocacy for animals to advocacy for various human groups? Within cultural studies, in which advocacy can take the form of a theoretical intervention, scholars have resisted arguments that add "species" to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other human-identity categories as a site for critical analysis.

Species Matters considers whether cultural studies should pay more attention to animal advocacy and whether, in turn, animal studies should pay more attention to questions raised by cultural theory. The contributors to this volume explore these issues particularly in relation to the "humane" treatment of animals and various human groups and the implications, both theoretical and practical, of blurring the distinction between "the human" and "the animal." They address important questions raised by the history of representing humans as the only animal capable of acting humanely and provide a framework for reconsidering the nature of humane discourse, whether in theory, literary and cultural texts, or current advocacy movements outside of the academy.
To date, there has been little discussion about the possible connection between animal studies and advocacy on behalf of the welfare and well-being of animals. This volume takes as its aim the discussion of such possible connections—an important investigation, as the relationship among politics, policy, and advocacy often remains implicit or in the background in much recent work on animal studies. By foregrounding this inquiry, Marianne DeKoven and Michael Lundblad do a great service to readers who might be attracted to this literature's promise or usefulness for various kinds of activism. Likewise, it allows authors and academics interested in animal studies to give further consideration to the possible political implications of work done in this field. Matthew Calarco, author of Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida
Intellectually and politically challenging, this provocative collection provides a solid introduction to the field's breadth and a contribution to the debate for those already engaged with the question of the animal.Choice Choice
Acknowledgments
Introduction. Animality and Advocacy, by Michael Lundblad and Marianne DeKoven
1. Species Matters, Humane Advocacy: In the Promising Grip of Earthly Oxymorons, by Donna Haraway
2. Humane Advocacy and the Humanities: The Very Idea, by Cary Wolfe
3. Consequences of Humanism, or, Advocating What?, by Paola Cavalieri
4. Archaeology of a Humane Society: Animality, Savagery, Blackness, by Michael Lundblad
5. What Came Before The Sexual Politics of Meat: The Activist Roots of a Critical Theory, by Carol J. Adams
6. Compassion: Human and Animal, by Martha Nussbaum
7. Down with Dualism! Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness, by Frans de Waal
Addendum to Down with Dualism! Two Millennia of Debate About Human Goodness (2010), by Frans de Waal
8. Avoid Being Abstract When Making Policies on the Welfare of Animals, by Temple Grandin
Contributors
Index

About the Author

Marianne DeKoven is professor of English at Rutgers University and a recipient of both Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships. Her books include Utopia Limited: The Sixties and the Emergence of the Postmodern, which won the Perkins Award from the Society of Narrative Literature; Rich and Strange: Gender, History, Modernism; and A Different Language: Gertrude Stein's Experimental Writing. She is also the editor of the Norton Critical Edition of Stein's Three Lives.

Michael Lundblad is assistant professor of English and director of animality studies at Colorado State University. His research focuses on twentieth-century American literature and culture, cultural studies, ecocriticism, and animal and animality studies. His work has appeared in American Literature, PMLA, American Quarterly, and ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment.