Edited By Szymon Wrobel
On Animality and Humanity in Literature after the “Darwinian Turn”
The question of animality haunts the nineteenth and twentieth century literature. Animals appear not only as an allegoric representation but as a reference which troubles the border between humanity and animality. The aim of this paper is to consider how the Darwinian turn has modified the status of animality in modern narratives (the animal seen as an external object before the romantic turn, animal as an internal object). The question of animality as a part of human experience will be analysed on the basis of literary texts (Flaubert and Gombrowicz).
status of animality; humanity; Darwinian Turn; 19th/20th century literature; modern narrative; Flaubert; Gombrowicz.
What I do when “I am” or “I follow”, when I say, “Je suis” if I am (following) this suite then, I move from “the ends of man”, (that is the confines of man) to “the crossing of borders” between man and animal, to the animal in itself, to the animal in me and the animal at unease with itself, to the man about whom Nietzsche said (I no longer remember where) something to the effect that it was an as yet undetermined animal lacking in itself.
The question of animals and animal studies are today one of the most popular topics in the context of postmodern and posthuman literary reflection. The aim of this paper is to rethink the approach of humanity and...
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