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.
Jodey Castricano is an associate professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and has long been an advocate of animal rights. Research concerns extend to the history of ideas in the nineteenth century, particularly in the context of Darwinian theory and the development of psychoanalysis. Previous publications include Cryptomimesis: The Gothic and Jacques Derridas Ghost Writing (2001). Gothic Subjects: Literature, Film, and Psychoanalysis is forthcoming from University of Wales Press. She is the editor of Animal Subjects (WLU Press, 2008).
Introduction: Animal Subjects in a Posthuman World; Chicken; Selfish Genes, Sociobiology and Animal Respect; Anatomy as Speech Act: Vesalius, Descartes, Rembrandt or, The Question of "the animal" in the Early Modem Anatomy Lesson; A Missed Opportunity: Humanism, Anti-humanism and the Animal Question; Thinking Other-Wise: Cognitive Science, Deconstruction and the (Non)Speaking (Non)Human Animal Subject; Animals in Moral Space; Electric Sheep and the New Argument from Nature; Monsters: The Case of Marineland; "I sympathise in their pains and pleasures": Women and Animals in Mary Wollstonecraft; Animals as Persons; Power and Irony: One Tortured Cat and Many Twisted Angles to Our Moral Schizophrenia About Animals; Blame and Shame? How Can We Reduce Unproductive Animal Experimentation?; On Animal Immortality: An Argument for the Possibility of Animal Immortality in Light of the History of Philosophy; Index.