Animal RitesAmerican Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory

Animal RitesAmerican Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory

Cary Wolfe

Print publication date: 2013

ISBN: 9780226905136

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book examines contemporary notions of humanism and ethics by reconstructing a little-known but crucial underground tradition of theorizing the animal from Wittgenstein, Cavell, and Lyotard to Lévinas, Derrida, Maturana, and Varela. Through detailed readings of how discourses of race, sexuality, colonialism, and animality interact in twentieth-century American culture, the author explores what it means, in theory and critical practice, to take seriously “the question of the animal.”