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Query: Draft Animal Literature?

Dear Colleagues,

I'm teaching a new class on energy in literature and culture and would like to include a short poem or story (or novel excerpt, or perhaps even a short film) on what it's like to work with a draft horse, mule, donkey, etc.--a text that does a good job of representing the play of energies between human and nonhuman being involved in plowing a field, driving a stagecoach, etc.  I'm looking for a text that would help underscore the profound difference between animal/muscle energy and fossil energy.


Bart Welling
University of North Florida   

Query: Animals and the State in Modern European History

Dear Alma,

If you don't already know the following, you may find it helpful:

László Bartosiewicz, 'Hungarian Grey Cattle: Parallels in Constituting Animal and Human Identities' in Interspecies Interactions

Animals and Humans between the Middle Ages and Modernity, edited by Sarah Cockram, Andrew Wells (Routledge, 2018)

Your course sounds really interesting!
Best wishes,
Sarah Cockram

CFP RGS-IBG 2018: 'Excavating multispecies landscapes: temporalities, materialities and the more-than-human Anthropocene'

Call for papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, Cardiff University, 28–31 August 2018

Excavating multispecies landscapes: temporalities, materialities and the more-than-human Anthropocene

Session organisers: Aurora Fredriksen (University of Manchester) and Charlotte Wrigley (Queen Mary, University of London)