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Creaturely Love: How Desire Makes Us More and Less Than Human

Dominic Pettman


Creaturely Love explores some of the ways in which desire makes us both more, and less, human. Focusing on key figures in modern philosophy, art, and literature—Nietzsche, Salomé, Rilke, Balthus, Musil, Proust —as well as pre-modern texts and fairy-tales—Fourier, Fournival, Ovid—this book examines how animals inform and influence the understanding and expression of love between people. From pet names to spirit animals, and allegories to analogies, animals constantly appear in our writings and thoughts about romantic desire. Creaturely Love argues that animals are not only “good to think with,” ... More

Keywords: Animal studies, affect theory, love, continental philosophy, literary theory, media studies, posthumanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781517901219
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9781517901219.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dominic Pettman, author
Eugene Lang College New School University