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Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World

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Animals are disappearing, vanishing, and dying out—not just in the physical sense of becoming extinct, but in the sense of being erased from our consciousness. Increasingly, interactions with animals happen at a remove: mediated by nature programs, books, and cartoons; framed by the enclosures of zoos and aquariums; distanced by the museum cases that display lifeless bodies. In this thought-provoking book, Arran Stibbe takes us on a journey of discovery, revealing the many ways in which language affects our ...
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Animals Erased: Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World

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Overview

Animals are disappearing, vanishing, and dying out—not just in the physical sense of becoming extinct, but in the sense of being erased from our consciousness. Increasingly, interactions with animals happen at a remove: mediated by nature programs, books, and cartoons; framed by the enclosures of zoos and aquariums; distanced by the museum cases that display lifeless bodies. In this thought-provoking book, Arran Stibbe takes us on a journey of discovery, revealing the many ways in which language affects our relationships with animals and the natural world. Animal-product industry manuals, school textbooks, ecological reports, media coverage of environmental issues, and animal-rights polemics all commonly portray animals as inanimate objects or passive victims. In his search for an alternative to these negative forms of discourse, Stibbe turns to the traditional culture of Japan. Within Zen philosophy, haiku poetry, and even contemporary children’s animated films, animals appear as active agents, leading their own lives for their own purposes, and of value in themselves.
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What People Are Saying

Karla Armbruster
"Amazingly clear and incisive readings of a wide range of discourses related to animals and ecology. With an impressive eye for detail and the 'big picture,' Stibbe gives real insights into the relationship between language, values, and actions."
Karla Armbruster, coeditor of Beyond Nature Writing
Karla Armbruster
“Amazingly clear and incisive readings of a wide range of discourses related to animals and ecology. With an impressive eye for detail and the ‘big picture,’ Stibbe gives real insights into the relationship between language, values, and actions.”
Alastair McIntosh
“Those of us of cultures of the land—both working with and, yes, consuming animals—will applaud Arran Stibbe’s analysis of the loss of soul when right relationship is discarded.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819572325
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Arran Stibbe is a reader in ecological linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the founder of the Language and Ecology Research Forum (www.ecoling.net).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Vanishing Animals
Destructive Discourses: Animals within a Symbolic World
As Charming as a Pig
From Flu-like Virus to Deadly Disease
Counter-discourses: Animals in Ecology and Environmentalism
The Curtailed Journey of the Atlantic Salmon
Boyd’s Forest Dragon or the Survival of Humanity
From Counter-discourses to Alternative Discourses: Environmental Education in Japan
Haiku and Beyond
Zen and the Art of Environmental Education
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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