Beyond Speciesism: Memoirs of a Zookeeper Tressa Gilliland

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Published: May 16th 2011

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Beyond Speciesism: Memoirs of a Zookeeper  by  Tressa Gilliland

Beyond Speciesism: Memoirs of a Zookeeper by Tressa Gilliland
May 16th 2011 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: | 4.65 Mb

The topic of the book is explained in the title: BEYOND SPECIESISM- MEMOIRS OF A ZOOKEEPER. It is my intent to discourse on the animal world through use of autobiography, memoir, and biography. I will explore myth and metaphor, as well as the conceptMoreThe topic of the book is explained in the title: BEYOND SPECIESISM- MEMOIRS OF A ZOOKEEPER. It is my intent to discourse on the animal world through use of autobiography, memoir, and biography. I will explore myth and metaphor, as well as the concept of animal as human mirror. I will address the realm of ethics in the treatment of animals, as the idea of animal as individual.

The term Speciesism, (meaning humans prejudice toward non-human others), will be discussed, along with some possible approaches to new ways of defining our relationship with animals and their significance to Humanistic Studies.The methodology used in this book is expressive prose, fiction, memoir, and creative non-fiction interwoven with the autobiographical. Mine is a cross-genre work, because it is only in this form can I adequately deal with these issues. There exists a genre of material referred to as animal memoir that deals with humans expression of empathy, self-definition., and healing with animal others.

The expressive prose is used to illustrate individual animal others that I have known, admired, and loved.The import of this book is to share my experiences with animal Others and to explore ways of thinking about animals that is not representational, symbolic, or sentimental. There is a place for animals in the humanities. Animals are not merely allegories. Our representations of them impact them in devastating ways.



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