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Reading the Animal Text in the Landscape of the Damned

Reading the Animal Text in the Landscape of the Damned
By Les Mitchell
Size: 245 × 168 mm
Pages: 236 pages
ISBN 13: 978-1-920033-60-6
Published: September 2019
Publishers: NISC (Pty) Ltd
Recommended Retail Price: R 250.00
Cover: Paperback

About the book

Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned looks at the diverse texts of our everyday world relating to nonhuman animals and examines the meanings we imbibe from them. It describes ways in which we can explore such artefacts, especially from the perspective of groups and individuals with little or no power. This work understands the oppression of nonhuman animals as being part of a spectrum incorporating sexism, racism, xenophobia, economic exploitation and other forms of oppression. The enquiry includes, physical landscapes, the law, women’s rights, history, slavery, language use, economic coercion, farming, animal experimentation and much more. 
Reading the animal text in the landscape of the damned is an academic work but is accessible, theoretically based but robustly practical and it encourages the reader to take this enquiry further for both themselves and for others. 
“It is my opinion that this book will not only challenge existing belief systems but will also educate and inspire change. It is a necessary and worthy addition to the existing literature and an admirable contribution…”
Dr A van Coller, Nelson R Mandela School of Law, University of Fort Hare
“This process of reading the landscape and deconstructing signs is all the more engaging for the reader because of Mitchell’s own wide reading and general knowledge. Mitchell can take us from Ancient Greece to the American West in unpacking what we see as ‘normal’ around us.”
Professor Chrissie Boughey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Rhodes University

About the Authors

Les Mitchell is a Hunterstoun Fellow of the University of Fort Hare, a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a member of Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Africa). With a PhD from Rhodes University, his writing appears in a range of academic journals as well as in chapters in various books relating to animals. His research interests include nonhuman animals, discourses, power, critical realism, ethics, genocide, moral disengagement and open education. He is an Alternatives to Violence facilitator as well as a wandering hiker.



1 A world divided 
2 Reality, truth and the devil’s rope 
3 Saying more than we think 
4 Violent language 
5 Chained minds 
6 Lives with purposes and other lies 
7 Bound together? 
8 Bucolic facades 
9 Horsemeat and bull 
10 Writing wrongs 
11 Lying by telling the truth 
12 Paying the price 
13 Scientific victims and sexual fantasies 
14 Mad women and the brown dog 
15 War crimes 
16 Animal experiments in the public domain 
17 Constructing identities 
18 Killing mechanisms 
19 Shocking revelations 
20 Other voices, other worlds 
Appendix: Physical texts

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