Creaturely Poetics: Animality and Vulnerability in Literature and Film

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With a strong emphasis on Simone Weil’s conception of vulnerability as a “mark of existence," this book reimagines a poetics that begins with the vulnerability of bodies, rather than the omnipotence of thought. Turning to literature, film and other cultural texts, Pick proposes a "creaturely" approach based on the shared embodiedness of humans and animals, rather than the more familiar human inventory of consciousness, language, morality, and dignity.