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Animal StoriesNarrating across Species Lines$
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Susan McHugh

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670321

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670321.001.0001

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Animal Narratives and Social Agency

Animal Narratives and Social Agency

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Animal Narratives and Social Agency
Source:
Animal Stories
Author(s):

Susan McHugh

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816670321.003.0001

This introductory chapter discusses the significance of animal narratives in contrast with the stories that depicts human subjects. It asks: how do animal agents appear in literature, and what are their effects? Irish novelist George Moore proposes that social life shared across species can be the measure of literary representation that shifts away from human subjectivity. The chapter describes key creative developments of fiction to explain how some literary and visual narratives are related to the politics and sciences of species.

Keywords:   animal narratives, George Moore, human subjectivity, animal agents, fiction

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