In one way or another, they interrogate the way that human animality
is problematized in Jewish texts, from the Talmud's Tractate Avodah Zarah (Wasserman) to the central texts of medieval Ashkenazic pietism (Shyovitz) to Jewish-authored literature of Central European modernity (Geller), and, finally, to the books, comics, and film adaptations of the story of the animated clay man, the golem, in twentieth-and twenty-first-century Germany, Israel, and America (Barzilai).
and sovereignty become one as do the thief and the capitalist
Or, rather, is he actually repeating this dominant judgement in the form of a fundamental question concerning the relation between a human understanding of poverty and the nature of the lacking something essential that recurs in traditional (i.e., metaphysical) concepts of animality
? Although the latter is perhaps a better description of Heidegger's intention at this point, he immediately expresses doubts about the success of this approach in determining the nature of this lack or deprivation, since "even after carefully determining what it means to be deprived of something, we still do not possess an adequate answer.
He does this by reconfiguring animality
in view of the specifically human power of understanding being.
Ohnuma argues that animal ethics should be seen as distinct from discussions of "the ways in which animals are represented and the ways in which animality
itself is used as a comment upon the human" (xvii).
Deborah Amberson, in "Confronting the Specter of Animality
: Tozzi and the Uncanny Animal of Modernism," focuses on the force of the uncanny (through the gaze) of the animal, which triggers a form of anxiety in the characters of Federigo Tozzi's narrative.
While looking into the past, she alludes to 'feminist Orientalism' as portraying Oriental women as 'mere non-entities leading a life of ignorance, superstitions and animality
against the erstwhile enlightened and self-conscious Western women' (p.14).
This newly domesticated nature, with animality
properly put in its place, made pet keeping not only acceptable but also perhaps essential, as "a bulwark of social harmony" (173).
Following this, the text itself is composed of two main "Parts" [Teile], the first of which deals with mood and the second with animality
, and eventually with [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]: these two parts in combination are designed to solve the problem raised in the "Preliminary Appraisal".
Although the variety of authors (Tozzi, Pavese, Montale, Landolfi, Luzi, Cavani, Pasolini, Morante, Volponi, Pugno, Wu Ming, Carlo Levi, Calvino, Diritti, Frammartino) and themes (animality
, multiple ecologies, flesh consumption, etc.) discussed is great, all contributors insist that the profound relations and exchanges between human and nonhuman animals radically call into question the philosophical underpinnings of 'humanism'.
Nevertheless, the collection functions as an exciting preview of coming attractions, leading us elsewhere to Schaffer's recently released Romance's Rival: Familiar Marriage in Victorian Fiction (Oxford UP, 2016) and Routledge's other collection on curious companionship, edited by Flegel, Pets and Domesticity in Victorian Literature and Culture: Animality
, Queer Relations, and the Victorian Family (2015).
That Used to Be Us': Animality
, Humanity, and Moral Careers in the Buffyverse" somewhat less focused than I expected from the title; while it deals with the moral implications of animal elements in human characters, such as Oz's werewolf component, the author includes monsters and perceptions about race in her broad definition of animality
; the definition almost becomes too broad to be useful, and doesn't even touch on episodes like "The Pack" (1.6, where Xander and other Sunnydale students are possessed by the spirits of demon hyenas).
Synopsis: "In Search of an Alternative Biopolitics: Anti-Bullfighting, Animality
, and the
, for Wittgenstein, always implies a radical diversity from what we are, and from what we believe to know about ourselves.
is one that is extremely 'rich in world', so to speak--creative, personalized, unpredictable, and energetic.