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From the pet that we live with and care for, to news items such as animal cloning, and the use of various creatures in film, television and advertising, animals are a constant presence in our lives.

Animal is a timely overview of the many ways in which we live with animals, and assesses many of the paradoxes of our relationships with them: for example, why is the pet that s
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 2nd 2004 by Reaktion Books (first published 2004)
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Karl Steel
Jul 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals
The medievalist will always have something to complain about: the primary materials are SO CLOSE to being deep enough, but they never quite get there. However even with bracketing that stuff, given Fudge's familiarity with Derrida's "L'animal donc je suis (à suivre)" and thus, presumably, with Derrida's discussion of the animals in Genesis, I'm curious why she gets the Genesis creation account only half right by omitting the distinction between the two accounts (as in the first, humans come last ...more
Holly Blades
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
I had to read this for my animal studies class and it wasn’t bad, but I felt like she didn’t always address the whole issue that she would talk about, which I thought was unfortunate.
Marijn
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Had to read this for my Human-Animal Studies class. I found this book really interesting and well written. Loved to read it!
Kriegslok
Jan 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Erica Fudge sets out to challenge the way we construct our world and the way as humans we have linguistically created a set of truths that both accidentally and deliberately shape the way we think about and interact with the "nonhuman" world. The book is an interesting and challenging work which deconstructs the double edges of anthropomorphism drawing on a range of fascinating studies. Fudge, I think, effectively challenges the basis on which our assumption of human supremacy is made.She quotes ...more
Sara
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was amazing
WOW! When I was assigned to read this book for my Animal Studies class, I was not excited. But now I am so glad I read it! I have learned so much about the way animals live and experience their lives, or lack thereof in some cases. Author Erica Fudge is an animal lover and she focuses her book on trying to explain how animals really aren't so different from humans. Her philosophical discussions on topics like pets, animal slavery, experimentation, and even animal/human organ transplantation real ...more
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I read this book for my animal studies class. It was extremely thought-provoking and also irritating sometimes. But overall I'm glad I read it. ...more
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Erica Fudge is Professor of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde. She is also Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Cultural Studies at Middlesex University, London. Fudge was Director of Research for English, Creative Writing and Journalism there from 2011 to 2014. Her academic research focusses on historical human animal relations, with particular interest in the early mode ...more

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