Abstract

Abstract:

Obedience and agency are key concepts in Enlightenment political theory. In many cases they are conceptualized with zoopolitical metaphors. The man-animal divide is a crucial element that shapes the politics of the Enlightenment. In this article, after a brief introduction into Rousseau’s zoopolitical thinking, a debate on politics between Christoph Martin Wieland and Johann Heinrich Jacobi will show how animal metaphors are a latent feature of the popular Enlightenment of this era. After that, it is argued that Wieland’s novel Der Goldne Spiegel oder die Könige von Scheschian is able to shed light on the mechanics of zoopolitical thinking. This novel offers virulent narratives that connect animality, anthropology, and politics. Using techniques of multiperspectival narration, Der Goldne Spiegel can at the same time be read as revealing the aporia of Enlightenment zoopolitics.

pdf

Additional Information

ISSN
1911-026X
Print ISSN
0037-1939
Pages
pp. 92-108
Launched on MUSE
2020-04-21
Open Access
No
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.