Animal Studies – Suggestions for Reading

As I have had several requests for an animal studies reading list, I have cobbled together the following rough version, followed by a second, “Related Readings” list (I am not suggesting, by the way, that one must—or even should—read everything, or anything, on this list). It remains to a large extent incomplete, however, and so if anyone has further suggestions, please do add them in the comments & I will incorporate them into the list. Finally, this list does not cover animal rights discourse, but a list of relevant texts can be easily found online, and these too form part of the “suggested reading.”

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Animal Studies: Suggestions for Reading

Acampora, Ralph Corporeal Compassion: Animal Ethics and Philosophy of Body (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburg Press, 2006).

Adams, Carol J. The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory, Twentieth Anniversary Edition (New York & London: Continuum, 2010).

Adams, Carol J. Neither Man nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals (New York: Continuum, 1995).

Adams, Carol J. and Josephine Donovan (eds) Animals and Women: Feminist Theoretical Explorations (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 1995).

Agamben, Giorgio The Open: Man and Animal trans. Kevin Attell (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004).

Armstrong, Susan J. and Richard G. Botzler The Animal Ethics Reader 2nd ed. (London & New York: Routledge, 2008).

Atterton, Peter and Matthew Calarco (eds) Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings of Continental Thought (London & New York: Continuum, 2004).

Baker, Steve The Postmodern Animal (London: Reaktion Books, 2000).

Bateson, Gregory Steps to an Ecology of Mind (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 2000).

Bekoff, Marc and Dale Jamieson (eds) Interpretation and Explanation in the Study of Animal Behaviour, Volume I: Interpretation, Intentionality, and Communication (Boulder, SF & Oxford: Westview Press, 1990).

Bekoff, Marc and Dale Jamieson (eds) Interpretation and Explanation in the Study of Animal Behaviour, Volume II: Explanation, Evolution, and Adaptation (Boulder, SF & Oxford: Westview Press, 1990).

Benjamin, Andrew “Another Naming, a Living Animal: Blanchot’s Community” in SubStance #117, 37:3 (2008), 207-227.

Benjamin, Andrew Of Jews and Animals (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010).

Bennett, Jane Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2010).

Best, Steven & Anthony J. Nocella II (eds) Terrorists or Freedom Fighters? Reflections on the Liberation of Animals (New York: Lantern Books, 2004).

Birke, Lynda Feminism, Animals and Science: The Naming of the Shrew (Maidenhead: Open University Press, 1994).

Butler, Judith Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of “Sex” (New York & London: Routledge, 1993).

Calarco, Matthew Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida (NY: Columbia University Press, 2008).

Cavell, Stanley et al Philosophy and Animal Life (New York: Columbia University Press, 2008).

Coe, Susan Dead Meat (New York & London: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996).

Coetzee, J. M. The Lives of Animals ed. Amy Gutman (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001).

de Fontenay, Elisabeth Le silence des bêtes: La philosophie à l’épreuve de l’animalité (Paris: Fayard, 1998).

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia II trans. Brian Massumi (London & New York: Continuum, 2004).

Derrida, Jacques “The Ends of Man” in Margins of Philosophy trans. Alan Bass (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 1984), 109-136.

Derrida, Jacques “Geschlecht II: Heidegger’s Hand” in Sallis, John (ed.) Deconstruction and Philosophy: The Texts of Jacques Derrida (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 1987), 161-196.

Derrida, Jacques “‘Eating Well,’ or the Calculation of the Subject” trans. Peter Connor & Avital Ronell in Points… Interviews 1974-1994 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995), 255-287.

Derrida, Jacques and Elisabeth Roudinesco “Violence Against Animals” in For What Tomorrow … A Dialogue trans. Jeff Fort (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2004), 62-76.

Derrida, Jacques The Animal That Therefore I Am trans. David Wills (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008).

Derrida, Jacques The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume One trans. Geoffrey Bennington (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Derrida, Jacques The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume Two trans. Geoffrey Bennington (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Despret, Vinciane Quand le loup habitera avec l’agneau (Paris: Les Empêcheurs de penser en rond, 2002).

Despret, Vinciane Hans, le cheval qui savait compter (Paris: Les Empêcheurs de penser en rond, 2004).

Despret, Vinciane Penser comme un rat (Versailles: Éditions Quæ, 2009).

Despret, Vinciane and Jocelyne Porcher Être bête (Arles: Actes Sud, 2007).

de Waal, Frans Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes (25th Anniversary Edition) (Baltimore, MA: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007)

Franklin, Sarah Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2007).

Fudge, Erica Perceiving Animals: Humans and Beasts in Early Modern English Culture (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2002).

Fudge, Erica Renaissance Beasts: of Animals, Humans, and Other Wonderful Creatures (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2004).

Gaard, Greta (ed.) Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature (Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1993).

Gellatley, Juliet (with Tony Wardle) The Silent Ark: A Chilling Exposé of Meat—the Global Killer (London: Thorsons, 1996).

Guyer, Sara “Albeit Eating: Towards an Ethics of Cannibalism” in Angelaki 2:1 (1997), 63-80.

Haraway, Donna J. Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science (New York & London: Routledge, 1989).

Haraway, Donna J. The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness (Chicago: Prickly Paradigm Press, 2003).

Haraway, Donna J. When Species Meet (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008).

Herrnstein Smith, Barbara “Animal Relatives, Difficult Relations” in differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies 15:1 (2004), 2-23.

Imhoff, Daniel (ed.) CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations): The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories (San Rafael, CA: Earth Aware, 2010).

Kalof, Linda and Amy Fitzgerald (eds) The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings (Oxford & New York: Berg, 2007).

Lawlor, Leonard This Is Not Sufficient: An Essay on Animality and Human Nature in Derrida (New York: Columbia University Press, 2007).

Lemm, Vanessa Nietzsche’s Animal Philosophy: Culture, Politics, and the Animality of the Human Being (New York: Fordham University Press, 2009).

Lippit, Akira Mizuta Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2000).

McHugh, Susan Animal Stories: Narrating Across Species Lines (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2011).

Norris, Margot Beasts of the Modern Imagination: Darwin, Nietzsche, Kafka, Ernst, and Lawrence (Baltimore, MA: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1985).

Noske, Barbara Beyond Boundaries: Humans and Animals (Montreal, New York and London: Black Rose Books, 1997).

Oliver, Kelly Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009).

Patterson, Charles Eternal Treblinka: Our Treatment of Animals and the Holocaust (New York: Lantern Books, 2002).

Sax, Boria Animals in the Third Reich: Pets, Scapegoats, and the Holocaust (New York & London: Continuum, 2000).

Shukin, Nicole Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2009).

Simondon, Gilbert Deux leçons sur l’animal et l’homme (Paris: Ellipses, 2004).

Sorabji, Richard Animal Minds and Human Morals: The Origins of the Western Debate (London: Duckworth, 2001).

Spiegel, Marjorie The Dreaded Comparison: Human and Animal Slavery (Mirror Books/I D E a, 1989).

Streeves, H. P. (ed.) Animal Others: Ethics, Ontology, and Animal Life (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1999).

Twine, Richard Animals as Biotechnology: Ethics, Sustainability and Critical Animal Studies (London & Washington DC: Earthscan, 2010).

Tyler, Tom & Manuela Rossini (eds) Animal Encounters (Leiden, Boston & Tokyo: Brill, 2009).

von Uexküll, Jakob A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans with A Theory of Meaning trans. Joseph D. O’Neil (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

Wheeler, Wendy The Whole Creature: Complexity, Biosemiotics and the Evolution of Culture (London: Lawrence & Wishart, 2006).

Wolfe, Cary “Old Orders for New: Ecology, Animal Rights, and the Poverty of Humanism” in diacritics 28.2 (1998), 21-40.

Wolfe, Cary Animal Rites: American Culture, the Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Wolfe, Cary (ed.) Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2003).

Wolfe, Cary “From Dead Meat to Glow in the Dark Bunnies: Seeing ‘the Animal Question’ in Contemporary Art” in parallax 12:1 (2006), 95-109.

Wolfe, Cary “Bring the Noise: The Parasite and the Multiple Genealogies of Posthumanism” in Michel Serres The Parasite (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2007), xi-xxviii.

Wolfe, Cary “Flesh and Finitude: Thinking Animals in (Post)Humanist Philosophy” in SubStance #117, 37:3 (2008), 8-36.

Wolfe, Cary What is Posthumanism? (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

Wood, David Thinking After Heidegger (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2002).

Wood, David “Thinking with Cats” in Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings of Continental Thought eds Peter Atterton & Matthew Calarco (London & New York: Continuum, 2004), 129-144.

 

Related Reading

Agamben, Giorgio Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1998).

Ansell Pearson, Keith Viroid Life: Perspectives on Nietzsche and the Transhuman Condition (London & New York: Routledge, 1997).

Ansell Pearson, Keith Germinal Life: The Difference and Repetition of Deleuze (London & New York: Routledge, 1999).

Bataille, Georges Visions of Excess: Selected Writings, 1927-1939 ed. & trans. Allan Stoekl with Carl R. Lovitt & Donald M. Leslie Jr. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1985).

Bergson, Henri Creative Evolution trans. Arthur Mitchell (Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 1998).

Braidotti, Rosi Metamorphoses: Towards a Materialist Theory of Becoming (Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2002).

Braidotti, Rosi Transpositions: On Nomadic Ethics (Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2006).

Butler, Judith Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (New York & London: Routledge, 1999).

Butler, Judith Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative (New York & London: Routledge, 1997).

Cooper, Melinda Life as Surplus: Biotechnology and Capitalism in the Neoliberal Era (Seattle & London: University of Washington Press, 2008).

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari Kafka: Towards a Minor Literature trans. Dana Polan (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1986).

Derrida, Jacques Of Spirit: Heidegger and the Question trans. Geoffrey Bennington & Rachel Bowlby (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 1989).

Derrida, Jacques “Signature Event Context” in Margins of Philosophy trans. Alan Bass (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984), 307-330.

Derrida, Jacques “A Silkworm of One’s Own” in Acts of Religion ed. Gil Anidjar (New York & London: Routledge, 2002), 309-355.

Guattari, Félix The Three Ecologies trans. Ian Pindar & Paul Sutton (London & New Brunswick, NJ: The Athlone Press, 2000).

Haraway, Donna J. “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s” in The Haraway Reader (New York & London: Routledge, 2004), 7-45.

Haraway, Donna J. Modest_Witness@Second_Millennium.FemaleMan©_Meets_ OncoMouse™: Feminism and Technoscience (London & New York: Routledge, 1997).

Hayles, N. Katherine How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 1999).

Heller-Roazen, Daniel The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation (Cambridge, MA & London: The MIT Press, 2007).

Hubert, Henri and Marcel Mauss Sacrifice: Its Nature and Functions trans. W.D. Halls (Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 1964).

Leopold, Aldo A Sand County Almanac: With Essays on Conservation from Round River (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1966).

Lyotard, Jean-Francois The Inhuman: Reflections on Time trans. Geoffrey Bennington & Rachel Bowlby (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1993).

Montaigne, Michel de An Apology for Raymond Sebond trans. M. A. Screech (London: Penguin Books, 1987).

Nagel, Thomas “What is it like to be a bat?” in Mortal Questions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991), 165-180.

Nancy, Jean-Luc Corpus trans. Richard A. Rand (New York: Fordham University Press, 2008).

Parikka, Jussi Insect Media: An Archaeology of Insects and Technology (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010).

Parisi, Luciana Abstract Sex: Philosophy, Bio-technology and the Mutations of Desire (London & New York: Continuum, 2004).

Porphyry Select Works trans. Thomas Taylor (London: Thomas Rodd, 1823).

Rajan, Kaushik Sunder Biocapital: The Constitution of Postgenomic Life (Durham & London: Duke University Press, 2006).

Roberts, Mark S. The Mark of the Beast: Animality and Human Oppression (West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 2008).

Roof, Judith The Poetics of DNA (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

Wills, David Dorsality: Thinking Back through Technology and Politics (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008).

Wise, Steven M. Rattling the Cage: Towards Legal Rights for Animals (London: Profile Books, 2000).

Zylinska, Joanna Bioethics in the Age of New Media (Cambridge, MA & London: The MIT Press, 2009).

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About Richard Iveson

Postdoctoral Research Fellow I have a PhD from Goldsmiths College, University of London; my teaching and research interests include animal studies; Continental philosophy; posthumanism; cultural studies; biotechnology and cyberculture; post-Marxism. Books; Being and Not Being: On Posthuman Temporarily (London & Washington: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), forthcoming. Zoogenesis: Thinking Encounter with Animals ( London: Pavement Books, 2014). View all posts by Richard Iveson

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