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Surface EncountersThinking with Animals and Art$
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Ron Broglio

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816672967

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816672967.001.0001

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Making Space for Animal Dwelling

Making Space for Animal Dwelling

Worlding with Snæbjörnsdóttir/Wilson

(p.57) 3 Making Space for Animal Dwelling
Surface Encounters

Ron Broglio

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores animal worlds and provides a central conversation about a theory of animal surfaces. It analyzes Rainer Maria Rilke’s notion in Eighth Duino Elegy, where he says that the animal space cannot be understood through direct investigation; only by recalling animals in the human dwelling can people fully comprehend them. It examines Jakob von Uexküll’s research in biosemiotics where he develops a line of inquiry into an animal’s sense of surroundings, something that is close to animal phenomenology. It analyzes the works of Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir and Mark Wilson, which examine moments of friction between animal and human worlds. It also describes how the works of Snæbjörnsdóttir and Wilson illustrates the heterogeneity of animal worlds put forth by Uexküll.

Keywords:   animal worlds, animal surfaces, Rainer Maria Rilke, Eighth Duino Elegy, Jakob von Uexküll, biosemiotics, Bryndis Snæbjörnsdóttir, Mark Wilson, heterogeneity, animal phenomenology

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