Author(s): Jay Johnston, Fiona Probyn-Rapsey
Publisher: Sydney University Press, Year: 2019
Animal death is a complex,uncomfortable, depressing, motivating and sensitive topic. For those scholars participating in human–animal studies, it is – accompanied by the concept of ‘life’ – the ground upon which their studies commence, whether those studies are historical, archaeological, social, philosophical, or cultural. It is a tough subject to face, but as this volume demonstrates, one at the heart of human–animal relations and human–animal studies scholarship.
… books have power. Words convey moral dilemmas. Human beings are capable of being moral creatures. So it may prove with the present book. Dear reader, be warned. Reading about animal death may prove a life-changing experience. If you do not wish to be exposed to that possibility, read no further … In the end, by concentrating our attention on death in animals, in so many guises and circumstances, we, the human readers, are brought face to face with the reality of our world. It is a world of pain, fear and enormous stress and cruelty. It is a world that will not change anytime soon into a human community of vegetarians or vegans. But at least books like this are being written for public reflection.
—from the foreword by The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG
About the editors
Jay Johnston is senior lecturer, Department of Studies in Religion, University of Sydney and senior lecturer, School of Art History and Art Education, COFA, University of New South Wales.
Fiona Probyn-Rapsey is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney.
Series Information: Animal Publics
The Animal Publics series publishes original and important research in animal studies by both established and emerging scholars. The series explores intersections between humanities and the sciences, the creative arts and the social sciences, with an emphasis on ideas and practices about how animal life becomes public: attended to, listened to, made visible, foregrounded, included and transformed.
Other titles in the Animal Publics series:
cover image of animal death book New release: A Life for Animals, by Christine Townend, with foreword by Peter Singer
cover image of animal death book Animal Death, edited by Jay Johnston and Fiona Probyn-Rapsey
cover image of animals in the anthropocene book Animals in the Anthropocene: Critical perspectives on non-human futures, edited by the Human Animal Research Network Editorial Collective
cover image of animal welfare in australia book Animal Welfare in Australia by Peter John Chen
cover image of cane toads book Cane Toads: A tale of sugar, politics and flawed science by Nigel Turvey
cover image of engaging with animals book Engaging With Animals: Interpretations of a shared existence, edited by Georgette Leah Burns and Mandy Paterson
cover image of fighting nature book Fighting Nature: Travelling menageries, animal acts and war shows by Peta Tait