10th Nov 2016 9:00am-5:00pm
This year Brighton’s Big Read welcomes author Karen Joy Fowler to read from her Booker shortlisted novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. To coincide with this event Brighton’s C21 Research invites papers on animals and contemporary literature. Animals have long played a part in literary writing from early fables to modern satire. Reading this writing helps us to think about how society views animals or understands the natural world. It also frequently explores the shifting ways that cultures have understood the division between animal and human. Recent authors have continued to explore these relationships by using the figure of animals to explore fundamental ethical, social and political questions or scenarios. Increasingly, in contemporary fictions, this has included a growing awareness of the rights of animals as living creatures and as the object of representation within language. Notable recent examples include such work as Disgrace and Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Cotzee, Margret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, the poetry of Coral Hull or Old People, Children and Animals by Quarantine Theatre.
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