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Wprowadzenie do zookrytyki (teorii zwierzęcych narracji)
Introduction to Zoocriticism (the Theory of Animal Narratives)

Author(s): Anna Barcz
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku
Keywords: zoocriticis;m animal studies; animal narrative; Oczy Tygrysa; tiger

Summary/Abstract: The article’s starting point is to recognize what is the relation between the cultural animal studies and empirical research, particularly: what is the role of the cognitive ethology in the humanities, what kind of merger we are observing, and if and how transdisciplinarity is possible here. One of the solutions, presented in the article, is to analyse animal texts of culture within a zoocritic perspective. This perspective aims at developing animal studies in the humanities, especially with regard to fiction, and narrows too wide and variated studies about animals down into a critical tool. Zoocriticism is introduced in the article on the example of Polish interwar poem about the tiger written by Tytus Czyżewski – it is a narrated by the author of the article experiment to experience the world from the perspective of the predator; it is a trial to perceive the reality in the posthuman way enabled by this zoopoetic text.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 06
  • Page Range: 143-159
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Polish