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The Animalizing Imagination

Totemism,Textuality and Ecocriticism

  • Authors
  • Alan Bleakley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Alan Bleakley
    Pages 1-25
  3. Alan Bleakley
    Pages 26-50
  4. Alan Bleakley
    Pages 51-94
  5. Alan Bleakley
    Pages 95-127
  6. Alan Bleakley
    Pages 128-155
  7. Alan Bleakley
    Pages 156-164
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 159-164

About this book

Introduction

Animals appear not just as biological creatures, but as vehicles of meaning for human imagination, mind and culture. Animal life may form the basis for an animalizing imagination that can enhance our cultural, religious and aesthetic sensibilities. This imagination is rooted in the pre-modern affective relationship between shamans and their familiars, but can be tracked to our post-modern ecological crisis, where we can reclaim a totemic identification with animals as signifiers of a new ecological understanding.

Keywords

culture Ecocriticism Imagination Nation

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