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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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Toward a Narrative Ethology

Toward a Narrative Ethology

(p.211) Conclusion Toward a Narrative Ethology
Animal Stories

Susan McHugh

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the importance of animal narrative in studying key elements of identity and society. Ethologists Konrad Lorenz and Jane Goodall said that animal narratives illustrate epistemological shifts within animal science. Ethological studies provide the basis for policy and other changes in the ways in which people live with animals in industrialized societies, while ethological narratives of life in the field influence broader imaginative engagements with elusive species. Trends in animal narratives that cut across studies of literature and scientific ethology of post-humanistic structures of species and social agency prove necessary for post disciplinary discourse of animals.

Keywords:   animal narrative, Konrad Lorenz, Jane Goodall, epistemological shifts, ethological narratives, social agency

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