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The Accommodated AnimalCosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales$
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Laurie Shannon

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226924168

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226924182.001.0001

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Creatures and Cosmopolitans: Before “the Animal”

Creatures and Cosmopolitans: Before “the Animal”

Face (p.1) Creatures and Cosmopolitans: Before “the Animal”
The Accommodated Animal

Laurie Shannon

University of Chicago Press

Charles Darwin’s work laid out his case for a “community of descent” between humans and animals in 1871. For years, there were two major resources that converged to shape the notion of “the human/animal divide,” namely the rangy, encyclopedic archive of natural history and the book of Genesis. Both traditions included the major premise that animals are supposed to be here. This chapter then introduces and discusses the political exclusion of animals. It discusses this topic under the defined critical frameworks for reading (zootopian constitution, human negative exceptionalism, zoographic critique, and disanimation) and explores the appearance of the “animal” in Shakespeare’s work. The chapter also touches on the accommodation of the animal, or the widely evident bias in favor of animal earthly tenure and cosmic citizenship.

Keywords:   Charles Darwin, community of descent, human/animal divide, natural history, book of Genesis, zootopian constitution, human negative exceptionalism, zoographic critique, disanimation, Shakespeare

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