Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature

Modern Animalism: Habitats of Scarcity and Wealth in Comics and Literature

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By Glenn Willmott
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2011
World Rights
160 Pages 15 Images
ISBN 9781442643178
Published May 2012
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From T. S. Eliot’s Sweeney to C. S. Lewis’s Aslan, modern writing has been filled with strange new hybrid human-animal creatures. Feeding on consumer society, these ‘modern primitive’ figures often challenge mainstream ideals by discovering wealth in habitats and resources rather than in economic exchange. What compels our post-human identification with these characters?

Modern Animalism explores representations of the human-animal ‘problem creature’ in a broad assortment of literature and comics from the late nineteenth century to the present — including authors such as Woolf, Joyce, Lawrence, Moore, Murakami, Pullman, Coetzee, and Atwood, and comics creators such as McCay, Herriman, Miyazaki, and Morrison. Drawing on a wide range of scholarship, from environmental economics to psychology, Glenn Willmott examines modern and post-modern allegories of the environment, the animal, and economics, highlighting the enduring and seductive appeal of the modern primitive in an age when living with less remains a powerful cultural wish.

Glenn Willmott is a professor in the Department of English at Queen's University.


Chapter 1: Modern Habitats

Chapter 2: Problem Creatures

Chapter 3: Surviving History

Chapter 4: Growing Wonder




‘Glenn Willmott’s deeply thoughtful, eloquently rendered book recuperates a fascinating, dazzlingly rich archive of speculations about modes of plenitude. Among its exciting contributions, Modern Animalism features a superb, synthetic understanding of a wide scope of literary and visual media. Willmott’s generous contribution to literary pedagogydiagrams a ready-made new course for faculty readers to emulate and for students to love.’

Jonathan Warren, Department of English, York University