Narracje zootanatologiczne jako wyznacznik relacji między osobą ludzką i pozaludzką

Małgorzata Poks


Is animal death grievable and do animals grieve their dead? The answer to these questions depends on the narratives one subscribes to. In the dominant narrative of the Western world, human death is treated with respect and animal death is either invisible or instrumentalized. In this article I am considering the consequences of challenging this narrative from the sites of enunciation that are marginal to modernity and, thus, do not replicate its hyperseparated dualism (Val Plumwood’s phrase). First, I introduce the holistic imaginary of indigenous Americans on the example of Linda Hogan’s novel Solar Storms. Next, on the example of Olga Tokarczuk’s Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead, I move to the perspective of Duszejko – a self-exile from European modernity. Both novels demonstrate that iconographies of death (and life) make a real difference in our relationship to the nonhuman other.

Słowa kluczowe

mourning; food-based approach to death; iconographies of death; Janina Duszejko; Linda Hogan

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Opublikowane : 2019-12-25

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Małgorzata Poks 
Uniwersytet Śląski  Polska

Małgorzata Poks – dr, asystent w Zakładzie Studiów Amerykańskich i Kanadyjskich w Instytucie Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach. Autorka monografii Thomas Merton and Latin America: A Consonance of Voices (Katowice 2007) oraz licznych artykułów publikowanych w kraju i za granicą. Jej zainteresowania naukowe obejmują poezję i prozę północnoamerykańską XX wieku, anarchizm chrześcijański, nowe ruchy społeczne w USA, literaturę Chicano/a, ekokrytykę, studia nad zwierzętami i indygenicznością.