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Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Christopher Peterson

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In contemporary race and sexuality studies, the topic of animality emerges almost exclusively in order to index the dehumanization that makes discrimination possible. Bestial Traces argues that a ... More


Introduction:: From Animal Theory to Creaturely Theology

Stephen D. Moore

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This introduction maps the recent “turn to the animal” in the humanities, with special reference to the field of animality studies. The catalytic role of Jacques Derrida's “The Animal That Therefore ... More


From Reprisal to Reprise

Olivia Custer

in Foucault/Derrida Fifty Years Later: The Futures of Genealogy, Deconstruction, and Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780231171953
eISBN:
9780231542999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231171953.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Derrida reacted to Foucault’s History of Madness by insisting that the very project of that work, namely to “make madness speak,” was as mad as it was necessary. Sharing the commitments which gave ... More


Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Stephen Moore (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology

A turn to the animal is underway in the humanities, most obviously in such fields as philosophy, literary studies, cultural studies, and religious studies. One important catalyst for this development ... More


Introduction

Christopher Peterson

in Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This introductory chapter asks how speciesism engenders the bestialization of racial and sexual others. How does the stereotype of the black ape work to disavow the Darwinian principle of a ... More


Aping Apes: Edgar Allan Poe's “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and Richard Wright's Native Son

Christopher Peterson

in Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Chapter 1 situates Poe's “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in relation to eighteenth and nineteenth-century evolutionary and racial discourses in order to show how the hierarchy that whites invented in ... More


Slavery's Bestiary: Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus Tales

Christopher Peterson

in Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter develops the discussion of race, slavery, and animality in relation to Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus Tales. While Harris's stories are often read as allegories of slavery, such ... More


Autoimmunity and Ante-Racism: Philip Roth's The Human Stain

Christopher Peterson

in Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter explores the nexus of race and sexuality in Philip Roth's The Human Stain. It shows how the novel exploits the multiple and contradictory meanings of “stain” in order to reconceptualize ... More


Ashamed of Shame: J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace

Christopher Peterson

in Bestial Traces: Race, Sexuality, Animality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780823245208
eISBN:
9780823252602
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823245208.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on J.M. Coetzee's novel Disgrace, the first half of which details the scandal that erupts when Professor David Lurie has an affair with a young female student. Although the ... More


The Logos of God and the End of Humanity:: Giorgio Agamben and the Gospel of John on Animality as Light and Life

Eric Daryl Meyer

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

The writings of Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben inform Eric Meyer's essay. Meyer rereads the Johannine prologue (John 1:1-18), the locus classicus for the doctrine of the incarnation, with ... More


Anzaldúa’s Animal Abyss:: Mestizaje and the Late Ancient Imagination

An Yountae and Peter Anthony Mena

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Theology

An Yountae and Peter Anthony Mena's jointly authored essay explores Gloria Anzaldúa's potential contributions to animality studies and creaturely theology. The essay falls into two parts. Mena shows ... More


Daniel’s Animal Apocalypse

Jennifer L. Koosed and Robert Paul Seesengood

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Jennifer Koosed and Robert Paul Seesengood's jointly authored essay plunges us into one of the most animal-populous books of the Bible. The first half of the essay ponders four encounters that the ... More


Ecotherology

Stephen D. Moore

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Imperial Rome is figured in the Book of Revelation as a thērion, a “beast” or “wild beast.” Stephen D. Moore's essay begins by reading Jacques Derrida's The Beast and the Sovereign, together with The ... More


And Say the Animal Really Responded:: Speaking Animals in the History of Christianity

Laura Hobgood-Oster

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0014
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Laura Hobgood-Oster's essay contests the assumption, embedded in Christian theology and western philosophy, that words position humans as superior to animals. A corrective to that assumption is ... More


So Many Faces:: God, Humans, and Animals

Jay Mcdaniel and J. Aaron Simmons

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Jay McDaniel and J. Aaron Simmons's jointly authored essay begins with an extended appraisal of Continental philosophy's engagement with the question of the animal. Simmons raises two major ... More


An “Other Way of Being”: The Nietzschean “Animal”: Contributions to the Question of Biopolitics

Mónica B. Cragnolini

in Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823262861
eISBN:
9780823266524
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823262861.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The problem of animality in Nietzsche’s thought, especially in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, is a key to understanding the transition to the figure of the overhuman. Starting from this hypothesis, I ... More


Animals, before Me, with Whom I Live, by Whom I Am Addressed:: Writing after Derrida

Glen A. Mazis

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In this essay, Glen A. Mazis descends deeply into Jacques Derrida's The Animal That Therefore I Am and The Beast and the Sovereign, writing after Derrida but also with and beyond Derrida. In this ... More


The Dogs of Exodus and the Question of the Animal

Ken Stone

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Ken Stone's essay takes one dog in particular as its point of departure, that in Emmanuel Levinas's “The Name of a Dog,” an essay that has acquired unprecedented significance with the emergence of ... More


Devouring the Human:: Digestion of a Corporeal Soteriology

Erika Murphy

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Erika Murphy's essay begins with reflection on the anecdote Hélenè Cixous tells in Stigmata of being bitten by a dog as a child. This deep bite was an epiphany of “the meat we are,” yet also emerged ... More


The Microbes and Pneuma That Therefore I Am

Denise Kimber Buell

in Divinanimality: Animal Theory, Creaturely Theology

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823263196
eISBN:
9780823266531
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Denise Kimber Buell's essay asks what kind of creaturely theology might arise from reflection on microbial and bacterial interactions, such as in the human digestive system, rather than on the ... More


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