Animal Studies in Literature
Mit allen Augen sieht die Kreatur das Offene.
Nur unsre Augen sind wie umgekehrt und ganz um sie gestellt als Fallen,
rings um ihren freien Ausgang.
Rilke, Duineser Elegien, Die achte Elegie
Today, beyond the studies that focus on human-beings, various fields of social sciences show an exponentially growing interest in the studies that particularly look into animals and/or their places in the human experience. Animals that have been neglected so long by the scholars have, in recent years, been studied, through novel perspectives, within the fields of history, literature, cinema and even law. In this sense, we think that new and interdisciplinary studies on animals that have reflections in every genre of literature will undoubtedly contribute even more to the understanding and knowledge of animals in literature.
Nesir, hoping to make original contributions to literature studies, wishes to open a new page for the field with its first issue, which will be on the animal studies – a field of study in the making. Therefore, we invite all researchers to send us their studies on the following (or any other related) topics until 1 August 2021. The submissions should be sent to email@example.com. Nesir Journal welcomes articles out of the special issue, such as articles, book reviews, questionnaires, panel discussions, and conversations that address contemporary issues of literature.
- Criticism of the anthropocentric perspective through animals,
- The history of animal studies within literature studies,
- Representations of animals and animal-related images, metaphors, and symbols in fiction,
- Animal-human encounters/relations in fictional texts and the problem of ethics,
- Fictional texts that transform humans to animals or animals to humans,
- Possibilities/attempts of comprehension, representation of animals and animal experiences through literature,
- Animals in myths and folktales,
- Linguistic (grammatical, onomasiological, etc.) analysis of animal-related corpus and language-culture relationships,
- Animals of speculative literature: mutants, imaginary creatures, monsters, dragons, etc. in literary texts,
- Animal metaphors and allegorical expressions of animals in literary texts,
- Obscurity of the animal body and its relationship with literary language,
- Animal subjectivity and its relationship with literary subjectivity,
- Animals' perception of space and time and their relations with literature,
- Biodiversity and ecocritical studies of the human-animal relationship in the context of literary texts.