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The Animal Part – Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination - Chicago Scholarship Online
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The Animal Part: Human and Other Animals in the Poetic Imagination

Mark Payne


This book explores the imaginative identification with animals enabled by aggression and the narcissistic aversion from them manifested as destructiveness. It explores the attraction to the society of other animals that finds expression in stories about human beings who try to join them, and the affects that cluster around the possibility that the human body is susceptible in various ways to becoming animal. The book looks at two different kinds of attempt to imagine the removal of the boundary separating human beings from other animals. A discussion is presented of the correlation between art ... More

Keywords: animals, social complexity, human beings, social groups, human body, birds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226650845
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226650852.001.0001


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Mark Payne, author

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