Animality and Humanity in "Animalia" by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo Cover Image

L’animalité et l’humanité dans "Règne animal" de Jean-Baptiste Del Amo
Animality and Humanity in "Animalia" by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo

An Ecocritical Reading through the Perspective of Jacques Derrida’s Philosophy ("The Animal That Therefore I Am")

Author(s): Magdalena Zdrada-Cok
Subject(s): Studies of Literature, French Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: committed novel; novel in the 21st century; Jacques Derrida; deconstruction; animal; Jean-Baptiste Del Amo
Summary/Abstract: The article’s subject matter is the relationship between a human and an animal in "Animalia" – Jean-Baptiste Del Amo’s novel that brings up the issues of violence against animals. The “human bestiality” is illustrated in two ways: through the History of the 20th century (The Great War is in the foreground) and through the transformation of a traditional farm into a pork industry. The theme of the fall of humanity is analysed in the context of the philosophy of Jacques Derrida (deconstruction of Cartesianism, carnophallogocentrism, animal sacrifice). The following article studies how this committed and philosophical novel is inspired by naturalist, expressionist, and symbolist aesthetics.

  • Page Range: 191-199
  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: French