Willmott, Glenn. Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature. Toronto, Buffalo, London: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2012.
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Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-4426-4317-8
BibTeX citation key: Willmott2012
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Keywords: Ecology, Levinas. Emmanuel, Superhero
Publisher: Univ. of Toronto Press (Toronto, Buffalo, London)
From T. S. Eliot’s Sweeney to C. S. Lewis’s Aslan, modern writing has been filled with strange new hybrid human-animal creatures. Feeding on consumer society, these ‘modern primitive’ figures often challenge mainstream ideals by discovering wealth in habitats and resources rather than in economic exchange. What compels our post-human identification with these characters?
Modern Animalism explores representations of the human-animal ‘problem creature’ in a broad assortment of literature and comics from the late nineteenth century to the present — including authors such as Woolf, Joyce, Lawrence, Moore, Murakami, Pullman, Coetzee, and Atwood, and comics creators such as McCay, Herriman, Miyazaki, and Morrison. Drawing on a wide range of scholarship, from environmental economics to psychology, Glenn Willmott examines modern and post-modern allegories of the environment, the animal, and economics, highlighting the enduring and seductive appeal of the modern primitive in an age when living with less remains a powerful cultural wish.
Table of Contents
1. Modern Habitats (24)
2. Problem Creatures (46)
3. Surviving History (69)
4. Growing Wonder (93)
Works Cited (127)
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