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The book includes topics such as pet cloning, fox hunting, animatronic characters, and how we displace our fear of aging onto our dogs. Representing Animals demonstrates the deep connections between the way we think about animals and the way we have thought about ourselves and our cultures in different times and places. Its publication marks a formative moment in the emerging field of animal studies. Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions x x 20mm People who viewed this also viewed. Savages and Beasts Nigel Rothfels. Add to basket. Bestsellers in Cultural Studies. Our Women on the Ground Zahra Hankir.

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More like a 2. Through a comparative analysis of these two texts, I will show that although they differ greatly — one a memoir and the other fiction, one about a living companion animal and the other haunted by the spectres of animals slaughtered for food and clothing — they both emphasize the importance of the non-human animal body and how its circulation in human space creates ethical crises that cannot be easily ignored. In My Dog Tulip , Ackerley acts out the transition from the rational mode to the poetical mode of speaking of the non-human animal body that Elizabeth Costello, the protagonist of The Lives of Animals , calls for as a means of de-centring human authority.

Ackerley also develops, through the breakdown of fluent speech in the face of suffering, the idea hinted at, but not made entirely explicit in The Lives of Animals that the sympathetic inhabitation of the non-human animal body not only has its beginning but its limit in the shared experience of death.

The two types of finitude evident in her analogy — the limit of the imagination, and the limit of death — initiate an ontological crisis.

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Ackerley faces this same crisis in My Dog Tulip and responds to it by discussing death and the suffering body through a sublime aesthetic, seeking to inhabit the non-human animal body while recognising that its difference exceeds articulation. In The Lives of Animals , Elizabeth Costello distinguishes between two modes of speaking the non-human animal body, each mode carrying ethical ramifications for our engagement with non-human animals.

Narrative and the poetic mode produce different ethical responses than rational argumentation. The significance of any ethical choice regarding non-human animals, he suggests, recognizes the ordeal of the embodied experience of living with non-human animals and the complex decisions this relationship inevitably entails. I could see how much larger [her vulva] had grown and the pretty pink of its lining. Then there were spots of blood on her silvery shins.

She did not bleed much, nor did she smell; I should not have minded either. I was touched by the mysterious process at work within her and felt very sweet towards her. Ackerley , Soon the flower will close, the door will shut, will lock; we shall be free, we shall be safe… How beautiful she is in her shining raiment, her birch-bark body, her sable bodice, her white cravat, her goffered ruff. Exquisite the marks on her face, her turning, turning face, like the wing of a Marbled White butterfly.

Perfection of form. Perfection of grace. My burning bitch, burning in her beauty and heat … Ackerley , original ellipses. This analogy bears closer scrutiny since, although Costello utilizes it to suggest boundless imaginative and sympathetic potential, its exposition actually marks two types of finitude.

However, if recognition of bodily finitude i.

The aesthetic concept of the sublime responds to both of these preconditions; indeed, Heyman argues that inhabiting the non-human animal body is structurally similar to the sublime , You shall bear! And now! Nature will not be cheated, fooled, bribed, fobbed off… A fire has been kindled in [her womb], and no substitute pleasure can distract, no palliative soothe, no exertion tire, no cooling stream slake, for long the all-consuming need of her body.

Who made it? This position de-centres the human subject and unsettles the self-certainty of Cartesian rationalism. My Dog Tulip illustrates this change of relation, through its form and its content, using poetic excess and sublime aesthetics to describe how the affective significance of the non-human animal body exceeds our articulation.