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Screening the nonhuman : representations of animal others in the media / edited by Amber E. George and J.L. Schatz.
Lanham, Maryland : Lexington Books, [2016]
xxiii, 213 pages ; 24 cm.
Critical animal studies, theory, pedagogy, and methodology.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Other Authors:
George, Amber E., editor.

Schatz, J.L., editor.
1498513743 (cloth : alk. paper)

9781498513746 (cloth : alk. paper)


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Book P96.A53S433

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Screening the Nonhuman draws connections between how animals represented on screen translate into reality. In doing so, the book demonstrates that consuming media is not a neutral act but rather a political one. The images humans consume have real world consequences for how animals are treated as actors, as pets, and in nature. The contributors propose that altering the representations of animals can change the way humans relate to non/humans. Our hope is for humans to generate more ethical relationships with non/humans, ultimately mediating reality both in terms of fiction and non-fiction. To achieve this end, film, television, advertisements, and social media are analyzed through an intersectional lens. But the book doesn t stop here. Each author creates counter-representational strategies that promise to unweave the assumptions that have led to the mistreatment of humans and non/humans alike."

Author Notes

Amber E. George is program coordinator for the Intergroup Dialogue Project at Cornell University.
J.L. Schatz is lecturer and director of the Speech and Debate Team at Binghamton University.

Table of Contents

Amber E. George and J.L. SchatzJ.L. SchatzJennifer PolishMatthew LerbergStella HockenhullAmber E. GeorgeCarter SolesSean ParsonAnja Höing and Harald HusemannFernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns and César Alfonso MarinoJoseph AndertonFiona Yuk-wa LawGuilherme Nothen and Michael AtkinsonChristina Victoria Cedillo
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Critical Media Studies and Critical Animal Studies at the Crossroadsp. xi
I The Truths Behind the Fiction
Chapter 1 The Brown Wizard's Unexpected Politics: Speciesist Fiction and the Ethics of The Hobbitp. 3
Chapter 2 The Passing Faerie and the Transforming Raven: Animalized Compulsory Re-covery, Endurance, and Disability in Maleficentp. 17
Chapter 3 Jabbering Jaws: Reimagining Representations of Sharks Post-Jawsp. 33
Chapter 4 Horseplay: Beastly Cinematic Performances in Steven Spielberg's War Horsep. 47
Chapter 5 Would Bugs Bunny Have Diabetes?: The Realistic Consequences of Cartoons for Non/Human Animalsp. 59
II The Fictional Fashioning of Reality
Chapter 6 I Am Legend (2007), U.S. Imperialism, and the Liminal Animality of "The Last Man"p. 75
Chapter 7 Ape Anxiety: Intelligence, Human Supremacy, and Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apesp. 91
Chapter 8 The Vicious Cycle of Disnification and Audience Demands: Representations of the Non/Human in Martin Rosen's Watership Down (1978) and The Plague Dogs (1982)p. 101
Chapter 9 The "Nature-Run-Amok" Cinema of the 1970s: Representation of Non/Human Animals in Frogs and Orcap. 117
III Advertising Representations of Reality
Chapter 10 Cyberbeasts: Substitution and Trivialization of the Non/Human Animal in Home Movies, Memes, and Video Gamesp. 133
Chapter 11 Pet-Animals in the Concrete Jungle: Tales of Abandonment, Failures, and Sentimentality in San Hua and Twelve Nightsp. 149
Chapter 12 In Defense of Non/Humans: Mystification and Oppression in the Sports Mascoting Processp. 169
Chapter 13 On Empathy, Anthropocentrism, and Rhetorical Tropes: An Analysis of Online "Save the Bees!" Campaign Imagesp. 185
Indexp. 201
About the Contributorsp. 207