Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature
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.
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- Page Count: 160 pages
- Illustrations: 15
- Dimensions: 5.8in x 0.6in x 8.9in
Reviews‘Glenn Wilmott’s Modern Animalism offers elegant new reading of the modern rea through an ecological lens… Wilmott has tapped into the discomfiting zeitgeist of our time and shaped discussion to which literary scholars can add their voices.’
Canadian Literature 219, winter 2013
‘Glenn Willmott’s deeply thoughtful, eloquently rendered book recuperates a fascinating, dazzlingly rich archive of speculations about modes of plenitude. Among its exciting contributions, Modern Animalism features a superb, synthetic understanding of a wide scope of literary and visual media. Willmott’s generous contribution to literary pedagogydiagrams a ready-made new course for faculty readers to emulate and for students to love.’
Jonathan Warren, Department of English, York University
Author InformationGlenn Willmott is a professor in the Department of English at Queen's University.
Table of contents
Chapter 1: Modern Habitats
Chapter 2: Problem Creatures
Chapter 3: Surviving History
Chapter 4: Growing Wonder
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