Animals and Artists (Book)

An Exploration of Impossible Encounters

This book explores a selection of artistic representations of animals. Positioned within contemporary debates around the animal question, it challenges anthropocentric beliefs about the all-knowing, rational and speaking human subject and argues that the irrationality of animal worlds marks the very limits of human thinking. 42 b&w photographs.

Category: Visual Arts

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This book explores a selection of artistic representations of animals. Positioned within contemporary debates around the animal question, this book challenges anthropocentric beliefs about the all-knowing, rational and speaking human subject. I argue that the very unrationality of animal worlds marks the very limits of human thinking.

Elizabeth Atkinson is an independent scholar and writer living in London. She completed her Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded PhD at the Royal College of Art in 2020. She has published articles on the position of art within the human-animal relationship, interrogating anthropocentric principles in the process. This is her first book.

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