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Creaturely poetics : animality and vulnerability in literature and film

Author: Anat Pick
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2011.
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Simone Weil once wrote that ""the vulnerability of precious things is beautiful because vulnerability is a mark of existence."" With these words, she established a relationship among vulnerability, beauty, and existence that transcends the boundaries separating the species. Her conception of a radical ethics and aesthetics could be characterized as a new ""poetics of species, "" that forces us to rethink the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Pick, Anat.
Creaturely poetics.
New York : Columbia University Press, ©2011
(DLC) 2010038193
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anat Pick
ISBN: 0231519850 9780231519854
OCLC Number: 872688994
Description: 1 online resource (x, 249 pages
Contents: Cover; Half title; Title; Copyright; Dedication and Epigraph; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction: Creaturely Bodies; 1. The Inhumanity of Literature; 1. Humanity Unraveled, Humanity Regained: The Holocaust and the Discourse of Species; 2. Neanderthal Poetics in William Golding's The Inheritors; 3. The Indignities of Species in Marie Darrieussecq's Pig Tales; 2. The Inhumanity of Film; 4. Cine-Zoos; 5. Scientific Surrealism in the Films of Georges Franju and Frederick Wiseman; 6. Werner Herzog's Creaturely Poetics; Conclusion: Animal Saintliness; Notes; Works Cited; Index.
Responsibility: Anat Pick.

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Simone Weil once wrote that ""the vulnerability of precious things is beautiful because vulnerability is a mark of existence."" With these words, she established a relationship among vulnerability, beauty, and existence that transcends the boundaries separating the species. Her conception of a radical ethics and aesthetics could be characterized as a new ""poetics of species, "" that forces us to rethink the significance of the body, both human and animal. Exploring the ""logic of flesh, "" or how art and culture use the body to mark species identity, Anat Pick reimagines a poetics tha.

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