Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal
Sherryl Vint is Associate Professor Department of English Language and Literature, Brock University. She is the author of Bodies of Tomorrow: Technology, Subjectivity, and Science Fiction University of Toronto Press, 2006) and co-editor of the journal of Science Fiction Film and Television published by Liverpool University Press).
Contents Acknowledgements Introduction. Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and Human–Animal Studies 1. Always-Already Meat: The Human–Animal Boundary and Ethics 2. The Mirror Test: Humans, Animals and Sentience 3. The Animal Responds: Language, Animals and Science Fiction 4. ‘The Female Is Somewhat Duller’: Gender and Animals 5. Sapien Orientalism: Animals, Colonialism, Science Fiction 6. Existing for Their Own Reasons: Animal Aliens 7. A Rope over an Abyss: Humans as Animals 8. The Modern Epimetheus: Animals and/as Technology Conclusion. ‘Other Fashionings of Life’: Science Fiction, Human–Animal Studies and the Future of Subjectivity Notes Works Cited Index
Sherryl Vint has done seriously valuable work in Animal Alterity: Science Fiction and the Question of the Animal, illustrating how the HAS lens, and by extension other strands of the ecocritical mode, can illuminate texts not normally associated with environmentalism. While her text selection principles could profitably have been clarified, and her engagement with sf readers could have been more detailed, Vint models here just how effective a careful, environmentally minded literary reading can be.
The Goose, Issue 10, Winter
An intriguing and enlightening book. Nicely produced, well-edited and comprehensive, reflecting a great deal of effort by the author to collect and synthesize the sometimes disparate material ... it is definitely recommended for a university research library.
Christopher Basnett SFRA Review 295 Winter
Animal Alterity is an engaging, intelligent study which is perceptively and accessibly theorised, and refreshingly innovative.
Edge Hill University
Size: 239 x 163 mm
Publication: April 21, 2010
Series: Liverpool Science Fiction Texts and Studies 39