Creation II. Re-Enchantment

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


Levi undertakes the task of inventing an animal ex nihilo in stories where biblical references are intertwined with the writings of Charles Darwin. This chapter demonstrates that Levi takes from Darwin not only the theory of the struggle for life, but also an anti-anthropocentric approach to the universe and, more importantly, the possibility of a re-enchantment of the world based on the material reality. This attitude is also apparent in Levi’s approach to the Book of Job. Although Job according to Levi is the paradigmatic embodiment of unjust and incomprehensible suffering, my analysis underlines how Levi’s understanding of the story also displays an animal imagery that forces Job to re-forge his own identity in terms of community, wonder, and limitrophy with the other creatures.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of French and ItalianDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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