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Doing Animal Studies with Androids, Aliens, and Ghosts

By | May 30, 2023

Androids, aliens, and ghosts: No longer solely the territory of science fiction, the Gothic, and horror, these creatures increasingly cross literary genres as humans renegotiate and rework our conceptualizations of humanity, animality, and life itself in response to ongoing challenges posed by technology, environmental crises, and alterity. Doing Animal Studies with Androids, Aliens, and Ghosts borrows from the strangeness, creativity, and freshness of these emerging and imaginary creatures in contemporary novels, comic book series, and children’s books to reconceptualize often intractable views of nonhuman animals. Because these liminal figures confront anthropocentrism, or human-centeredness, in ways that necessarily push against all forms of species dominance, the android, the alien, and the ghost are literary devices that help us to see nonhuman animals afresh and to fruitfully reimagine the terms of our relationships with them.

Q&A with Edgar Landgraf

By | December 11, 2018

Edgar Landgraf answered some questions for us about his new co-edited volume, Posthumanism in the Age of Humanism: Mind, Matter, and the Life Sciences after Kant, now available from the series New Directions in German Studies. How would you describe your book in one sentence? Aims to bring historical context and theoretical reflection to bear on… Read More »