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The Animal Claim: Sensibility and the Creaturely Voice

Tobias Menely


Some of the perplexities of animal rights, as a historical phenomenon, are resolved if we regard rights as neither simply intrinsic to nature nor contingent on state recognition but as a communicative transaction, a claim (etymologically, a cry) that begins before the law and yet is only realized in the law. Testing this premise, this book tracks the development of ethicopolitical community with animals in Britain from the anti-Cartesian origins of ethical sensibility in the Restoration to the first animal welfare legislation, Martin’s Act of 1822. As a semiology of creaturely affect and addre ... More

Keywords: animal rights, law, semiotics, voice, poetry, sensibility, sovereignty, eighteenth century, communication, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226239255
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226239422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tobias Menely, author
University of California, Davis.