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Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Although Cultural Studies has directed sustained attacks against sexism and racism, the question of the animal has lagged behind developments in broader society with regard to animal suffering in factory farming, product testing, and laboratory experimentation, as well in zoos, rodeos, circuses, and public aquariums. The contributors to Animal Subjects are scholars and writers from diverse perspectives whose work calls into question the boundaries that divide the animal kingdom from humanity, focusing on the medical, biological, cultural, philosophical, and ethical concerns between non-human animals and ourselves. The first of its kind to feature the work of Canadian scholars and writers in this emergent field, this collection aims to include the non-human-animal question as part of the ethical purview of Cultural Studies and to explore the question in interdisciplinary terms.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. Introduction: Animal Subjects in a Posthuman World
  2. pp. 1-32
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  1. 2. Chicken
  2. pp. 33-38
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  1. 3. Selfish Genes, Sociobiology and Animal Respect
  2. pp. 39-62
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  1. 4. Anatomy as Speech Act: Vesalius, Descartes, Rembrandt or, The Question of “the animal” in the Early Modern Anatomy Lesson
  2. pp. 63-95
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  1. 5. A Missed Opportunity: Humanism, Anti-humanism and the Animal Question
  2. pp. 97-123
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  1. 6. Thinking Other-Wise: Cognitive Science, Deconstruction and the (Non) Speaking (Non) Human Animal Subject
  2. pp. 125-143
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  1. 7. Animals in Moral Space
  2. pp. 145-175
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  1. 8. Electric Sheep and the New Argument from Nature
  2. pp. 177-193
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  1. 9. Monsters: The Case of Marineland
  2. pp. 195-221
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  1. 10. “I sympathize in their pains and pleasures”: Women and Animals in Mary Wollstonecraft
  2. pp. 223-240
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  1. 11. Animals as Persons
  2. pp. 241-257
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  1. 12. Power and Irony: One Tortured Cat and Many Twisted Angles to Our Moral Schizophrenia about Animals
  2. pp. 259-269
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  1. 13. Blame and Shame? How Can We Reduce Unproductive Animal Experimentation?
  2. pp. 271-284
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  1. 14. On Animal Immortality: An Argument for the Possibility of Animal Immortality in Light of the History of Philosophy
  2. pp. 285-299
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 301-304
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 305-312
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