Introduction: What Is Zoopoetics?

  • Kári Driscoll
  • Eva Hoffmann
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)


Introduction to the volume‚ in which we first provide an outline of our conception of “zoopoetics” as both a theory and a method‚ before giving an overview of the individual contributions to the volume.



The editors would like to thank all the contributors for their hard work and everyone at Palgrave who helped us bring this to fruition. Special thanks to Marcel Beyer for agreeing to be part of this volume. Thanks also to Niels Springveld for carefully proofreading all the chapters and for compiling the index, and to Susanne Knittel for her help and support.

Utrecht and Eugene, May 2017

Works Cited

  1. Benjamin, Walter. 1999 [1934]. Franz Kafka: On the Tenth Anniversary of His Death, trans. Harry Zohn. In Selected Writings, Volume 2, Part 2 (1931–1934), ed. Michael W. Jennings, Howard Eiland, and Gary Smith, 794–818. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Berger, John. 1991 [1977]. Why Look at Animals? In About Looking, 3–28. New York: Vintage.Google Scholar
  3. Borgards, Roland. 2012. Tiere in der Literatur – eine methodologische Standortbestimmung. In Das Tier an sich. Disziplinübergreifende Perspektiven für neue Wege im wissenschaftsbasierten Tierschutz, ed. Herwig Grimm and Carola Otterstedt, 87–118. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.Google Scholar
  4. ———. 2015. Kapitel 61: Stubb Kills a Whale. Asche. Neue Rundschau 126 (1): 173–185.Google Scholar
  5. Derrida, Jacques. 2008. The Animal That Therefore I Am, trans. David Wills and ed. Marie-Louise Mallet. New York: Fordham University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Driscoll, Kári. 2015. The Sticky Temptation of Poetry. Journal of Literary Theory 9 (2): 212–229.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. ———. 2017. An Unheard, Inhuman Music: Narrative Voice and the Question of the Animal in Kafka’s ‘Josephine, the Singer or the Mouse Folk.’ Humanities 6 (2): art. no. 26.
  8. Haraway‚ Donna J. 2008. When Species Meet. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
  9. Lévi-Strauss, Claude. 1963. Totemism, trans. Rodney Needham. Boston: Beacon Press.Google Scholar
  10. McHugh, Susan. 2009a. Animal Farm’s Lessons for Literary (and) Animal Studies. Humanimalia 1 (1): 24–39.Google Scholar
  11. ———. 2009b. Literary Animal Agents. PMLA 124 (2): 487–495.Google Scholar
  12. Moe, Aaron M. 2013. Toward Zoopoetics: Rethinking Whitman’s ‘Original Energy’. Walt Whitman Quarterly Review 31 (1): 1–17.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. ———. 2014. Zoopoetics: Animals and the Making of Poetry. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.Google Scholar
  14. Norris, Margot. 1985. Beasts of the Modern Imagination: Darwin, Nietzsche, Kafka, Ernst, and Lawrence. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  15. Piskorski, Rodolfo. 2015. Of Zoogrammatology as a Positive Literary Theory. Journal of Literary Theory 9 (2): 230–249.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Shukin, Nicole. 2009. Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.Google Scholar
  17. Weil, Kari. 2012. Thinking Animals: Why Animal Studies Now? New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kári Driscoll
    • 1
  • Eva Hoffmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Whitman CollegeWalla WallaUSA

Personalised recommendations