Rowman and Littlefield International

Feeling Animal Death

Being Host to Ghosts

By Brianne Donaldson and Ashley King

2 Reviews

This text offers examples of people across diverse disciplines and perspectives—from biomedical research to black theology to art—learning and performing emotions, expanding their desires, discovering new ways to behave, and altering their sense of self, purpose, and community because of passionate, but not romanticized, attachments to animals.

Hardback ISBN: 9781786611147 Release date: Jun 2019
£90.00 €126.00 $135.00
Ebook ISBN: 9781786611154 Release date: Jun 2019
£29.95 €41.95 $43.95

Pages: 364

Monograph

The emotional exchange between so-called “humans” and more-than-human creatures is an overlooked phenomenon in societies characterized by the ubiquitous deaths of animals. This text offers examples of people across diverse disciplines and perspectives—from biomedical research to black theology to art—learning and performing emotions, expanding their desires, discovering new ways to behave, and altering their sense of self, purpose, and community because of passionate, but not romanticized, attachments to animals. By articulating the emotional ties that bind them to specific animals’ lives and deaths, these authors play host to creaturely ghosts who reorient their world vision and work in the world, offering examples of affect and feeling needed to enliven multi-species ethics.

Acknowledgements

List of Images

Introduction—Transformed by Ghosts: Toward Futures of Less Loss

Brianne Donaldson


I: Overcoming Institutional Numbness


1 Visual Feeling One

Jo-Anne McArthur


2 The Gift of the Monkey Who Danced into Oblivion and the One Dressed in a Cage

John P. Gluck


3 Mourning Tiger Mascots in Baton Rouge

Nathan P. Kalmoe and Kathryn K. Will


4 Ghostly Greyhounds: Running the Race, Living through Memory

Bradley Rowe and Suzanne Rice


5 Encountering Loss: A Search for Minnesota's Moose in a Changing Climate

Elizabeth Singleton


6 Claimed by Roadkill

Matthew Calarco


7 Prophetic Labrador: Expanding (Black) Theology by Overcoming the Invisibility of

Animal Life and Death

Christopher Carter


II: The Public Power of Intimate Sorrow


8 Visual Feeling Two

Julia Schlosser


9 “Every Love Story is a Ghost Story”: The Transformative Power of Dog Dedication

Jessica Ullrich


10 Hos-Pet-Ality: Handmade Selves and Transspeciated Femininity

Ashley King


11 Macey's Ashes: After-Death Care of Companion Animals as Interspecies Family

Amy Defibaugh


12 The Transformer: Approaching the Assisted Death of Animals and Humans with

Epistemic Humility and Uncertainty

L. Syd M Johnson


13 “How Do you Know His Name is Gabriel?”: Finding Communion with the Singular Lives of Creatures

Anne Mamary


14 Nikki: The Passing of a Herd's Matriarch

Susie Coston


III: Experiments in Feeling and Ritual


15 Visual Feeling Three

Adam Wolpa


16 Logos, Pathos, and the Absent Presence of the Persons We Eat

Brian G. Henning and Hope Philea Henning


17 Ghosts at a Glance: Four Animal Fragments

Anat Pick, with illustrations by Shira Avivi-Weisz


18 Goats of My Childhood: Rethinking Islamic Sacrifice without Animals

Saadullah Bashir


19 Living in Awareness of the Dead: Buddhist Experiments in Ethical Sensibility

Justin Fifield


20 Francisco y Chica: Feeling Memory Across Borders

Juan Fernando Villagómez


21 Salvaging Shame, Saving Ourselves: The Productive Role of Shame for Animals and

Marginalized Life

Brianne Donaldson and Isaac Willis


22 Ghost Stories: An Epilogue

Ashley King







Brianne Donaldson Brianne Donaldson is the author of Creaturely Cosmologies: Why Metaphysics Matters for Animal and Planetary Liberation (2015), and the forthcoming Insistent Life: Foundations for Bioethics in the Jain Tradition (2020, co-authored with Ana Bajželj). She is the editor of Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature: A Common World for Animals and the Environment (2014), and The Future of Meat Without Animals (2016; co-edited with Christopher Carter). She is assistant professor and Shri Parshvanath Presidential Chair in Jain studies at University of California, Irvine.


Ashley King is a doctoral candidate in religious studies at Northwestern University. Their dissertation project, “Body, Flesh, Meat: A Science-fictional Theory of Soteriology,” develops the concepts of “flesh” and “meat” to theorize racialized queerness, transness, and animality in the viscously embodied soteriologies of contemporary science fiction.

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2 Reviews

This is an ambitious collection that brings an intimate voice to the discussion of ethical issues that are usually developed in more distanced rights-based discussions.

Jane Desmond, Professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

This topical collection of essays takes part in “the affective turn” of animal ethics, and is distinguished by its focus on personal experiences and a type of auto-scholarship wherein the writers explicitly draw from their own affective engagements with nonhuman animals.

Elisa Aaltola, Collegium Research Fellow, Turku Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Turku

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