Techne I. Animal Hands

Part of the The Palgrave Macmillan Animal Ethics Series book series (PMAES)


“Techne” investigates how Levi uses animal representations and references to animality to reflect upon his own writing, initially understood as a specifically human technology. This chapter begins such exploration analyzing one of Levi’s articles, “A Bottle of Sunshine,” in which he positions the human-animal divide along the lines of technological ability. Levi’s own position is first contextualized within the contemporary Italian cultural milieu, and then compared to two thinkers who both dwell upon the issue of human technology and animality, Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. The uncanny similarities between Heidegger and Levi compel a search in his fiction for clues about this ambiguous issue. The chapter ends with a close reading of The Monkey’s Wrench, focused on how Levi represents both human and non-human hands.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of French and ItalianDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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