This fascinating collection of essays is oftenchallenging and always engaging.Drawingon an astonishing breadth of approaches this book offers a stimulatingexploration of what it means to be both embodied human and animal in anincreasingly post-human world.
From the opening chapter with its provocative idea ofhanding animals tools for their own, much needed, revolution through to thefinal chapter which unsettlingly forces the reader to considerhuman-technological melding, this book will force to you see – and think aboutthe world – differently.
The chapters in this incisive collection offer important challenges to anthropocentric prejudices – just as the title promises, readers are taken “beyond human.” Vivid, passionate, ethically-charged critical writing embodies resistance to fixed ideas that diminish other animals. Boundaries are contested and conventions are transgressed as these writers celebrate a consciousness that displaces man as the measure of all things. This memorable and important compilation of scholarship creatively advances the agenda of human-animal studies. (Sanford Lakoff)
About the Author
Charlie Blake is Senior Lecturer in Critical and Cultural Theory and Head of the Department of Media, Film and Communication at Liverpool Hope University, UK.
Claire Molloy is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at University of Brighton, UK. She has published on anthropomorphism, representations of animals in videogames and literature and dangerous dogs, media and risk. She is the author of Memento
(EUP 2010) and Popular Media and Animal Ethics
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
Steven Shakespeare is Lecturer in Philosophy at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of Kierkegaard, Language and the Reality of God (Ashgate, 2001) and Radical Orthodoxy. A Critical Introduction (SPCK 2007). He is also coauthor, with Hugh Rayment-Pickard, of The Inclusive God. Reclaiming Theology for an Inclusive Church (Canterbury, 2006).