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A foundational exploration of the figure of the animal in modern culture

ELECTRIC ANIMAL: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife
Akira Mizuta Lippit
University of Minnesota Press | 296 pages | 2008
ISBN 978-0-8166-3486-6 | paperback | $25.00


Akira Mizuta Lippit shows us the animal as a crucial figure in the
definition of modernity‹essential to developments in the natural sciences
and technology, radical transformations in modern philosophy and literature,
and the advent of psychoanalysis and the cinema.

"In a dazzling interdisciplinary romp through Aristotle, Heidegger, Darwin,
Freud, and up to the present with a discussion of Kafka, photography, and
cinema, Lippit is keenly aware of how, throughout history, people have
condescended toward animals‹the flip side of valuing humanity above all
else. Lippit deconstructs the masking of animal consciousness in our
intellectual traditions." ‹Chronicle of Higher Education

"This book is, among other things, an extraordinarily promising preface to
a, perhaps the, theory of cinema." ‹MLN

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