Bartosch, Roman ORCID: 0000-0002-7452-4355 (2020). Seven Types of Animality, Or: Lessons from Reading and Teaching Animal Fictions. Estudios Irlandeses/Journal of Irish Studies, 2 (15). pp. 6-19. Villadiego: AEDEI. ISSN 1699-311X

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This essay attempts an exploration of the forms of functions of animal stories in human meaning ecologies and argues that the ‘lessons’ to be derived from these stories revolve around the meaning and effect of various forms of ambiguity. Following the route of a selection of mostly Irish key texts, from Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels to Seamus Heaney’s Death of Naturalist, it formulates seven lessons for reading and teaching animal fictions in a multispecies world. It argues that we must cultivate a sense of ‘ciferal’ reading that does not resolve but thrives productively on the tensions and ambiguities of human-animal relations that literary fiction excels in putting into words.

Item Type: Journal Article
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-514943
DOI: 10.24162/EI2020-9730
Journal or Publication Title: Estudios Irlandeses/Journal of Irish Studies
Volume: 2
Number: 15
Page Range: pp. 6-19
Date: 2020
Publisher: AEDEI
Place of Publication: Villadiego
ISSN: 1699-311X
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Englisches Seminar II
Subjects: Education
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Refereed: Yes


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