• Janice Wright Cheney, Spectre, 2014, crocheted wool, crystals, wooden armature, site-specific installation at the Banff Park Museum, 2014 (Photo by Sarah Fullerton)

Creature (Dis)comforts – Reading List

Creature (Dis)Comforts was the first thematic workshop held as part of ArtCan's Ideas Stream. Participants gathered at The Banff Centre in May 2014 to explore the representation of animals in Canadian Art.

Taking Animals Seriously

The following is a list of texts that the participants in the Creature (Dis)Comforts workshop felt were important starting points for exploring this topic. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list but, rather, a list of titles that has inspired workshop participants’ thinking on the topic thus far.

Some of the following texts are address Canadian art, but many more are about art history and visual culture in a broader sense as this has been a subject about which very little has been written in a Canadian context. Further, some of the titles below have little to do with art/visual culture but provide important historical and/or theoretical contexts for the topics explored through this workshop.

Which texts do you think should be on this list? We would love to hear from you!

Abramson, Stacey. “Wounds and Words: Nadia Myre’s Want Ads and Other Scars.” Conundrum Online. 2006. http://www.conundrumonline.org/Issue_4/Nadia_Myres_Want_Ads_and_other_Sc...

Agamben, Georgio.Trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen.Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Standford: Stanford University Press, 1998.

Arendt, Anna. The Human Condition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1998.

Baker, Steve. “Animals, Representation, and Reality.” Society and Animals 9, no. 3 (November 2001): 189-201.

—. Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity and Representation. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1993.

—. The Postmodern Animal. London: Reaktion, 2000.

—. Artist/Animal. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Bennett, Jordan.Skull Stories. Winnipeg: Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery. 2012. Didactic Panel.

Berger, John. “Why Look at Animals?” In About Looking, 2-28. New York: Vintage International, 1991.

Bogue, Ronald. Deleuzian Fabulation and the Scars of History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010.

Buerschaper, P. Animals in Art: An International Exhibition of Wildlife Art. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1975.

Braddock, Alan C., and Christopher Irmscher. A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History. Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 2009.

Brantz, Dorothee. Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans and the Study of History. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010.

Broglio, Ron. Surface Encounters: Thinking with Animals and Art. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Brower, Matthew. Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography. University of Minnesota Press, 2011.

Burt, Jonathan. “The Illumination of the Animal Kingdom: The Role of Light and Electricity in Animal Representation.” Society and Animals 9 no. 3 (November 2001): 203-228.

—. Animals in Film. London: Reaktion, 2002.

Buñuel, Luis. “Cinema As an Instrument of Poetry”, in An Unspeakable Betrayal: Selected Writings of Luis Buñuel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. Pg. 136-141.

Castricano, Jodey, ed. Animal Subjects: An Ethical Reader in a Posthuman World. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2008.

Chow, Rey.Entanglements, or Transmedial Thinking about Capture. Durham: Duke University Press, 2012.

Cohen, Sarah R. “Chardin’s Fur: Painting, Materialism, and the Question of Animal Soul.” Eighteenth-Century Studies 38 no. 1 (Fall 2004): 39-61.

Crary, Jonathan. Suspensions of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999.

—. 24/7: Late Capitalism and the Ends of Sleep. London and New York: Verso, 2013.

Cronin, J. Keri. Manufacturing National Park Nature: Photography, Ecology, and the Wilderness Industry of Jasper. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011.

—. “‘Can’t You Talk?’: Voice and Visual Culture in Early Animal Welfare Campaigns.” Early Popular Visual Culture 9, no. 3 (August 2011): 203-223.

—. “‘A Mute Yet Eloquent Protest’: Visual Culture and Anti-Vivisection Activism in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.” InCritical Animal Studies: Thinking the Unthinkable, ed. John Sorenson, 284-297. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2014.

Danahay, Martin A. “Nature Red in Hoof and Paw: Domestic Animals and Violence in Victorian Art.” InVictorian Dreams: Representations of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture, ed. Deborah Denenholz Morse and Martin A. Danahay, 97-119. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007.

Daston, Lorraine, and Gregg Mitman. “The How and Why of Thinking With Animals.” In Thinking With Animals: New Perspectives on Anthropomorphism, ed. Lorraine Daston and Gregg Mitman, 1-14. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.

DeJohn Anderson, Virginia. Creatures of Empire: How Domestic Animals Transformed Early America. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

DeKoven, Marianne, and Michael Lundb. Species Matters: Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.

Derrida, Jacques. Specters of Marx: The State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning, and the New International. trans. Peggy Kamuf. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Dickenson, Victoria. Drawn From Life: Science and Art in the Portrayal of the New World. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1998.

Donald, Diana. “‘Beastly Sights’: The Treatment of Animals as a Moral Theme in Representations of London, c.1820-1850.” Art History 22 no. 4(1999): 514-544.

—. Picturing Animals in Britain, 1750-1850. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.
—. “‘A Mind and Conscience Akin to Our Own’: Darwin’s Theory of Expression and the Depiction of Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain.” InEndless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts, ed. Diana Donald and Jane Munro, 195-214. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.

Donaldson, Sue and Will Kymlicka. Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo. New York: Routledge, 2002.

Eisenman, Stephen F. The Cry of Nature: Art and the Making of Animal Rights. London: Reaktion Books, 2013.

Emel, Jody, and Jennifer Wolch, eds. Animal Geographies: Place, Politics, and Identity in the Nature-Culture Borderlands. London: Verso, 1998.

Esposito, Roberto.Bios. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Freeman, Carol, Elizabeth Leane, and Yvette Watt, eds. Considering Animals: Contemporary Studies in Human-Animal Relations. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2011.

Gates, Barbara T., ed. In Nature’s Name: An Anthology of Women’s Writing and Illustration, 1780-1930. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Glenney-Boggs, Colleen.Animalia Americana: Animal Representations and Biopolitical Subjectivity. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013.

Grier, Katherine C. Pets in America: A History. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006.

Kalof, Linda. Looking at Animals in Human History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Kean, Hilda. Animal Rights: Political and Social Change in Britain Since 1800. London: Reaktion Books, 1998.

—. “Challenges for Historians Writing Human-Animal History: What Is Really Enough?” Anthrozoös 25 (August 2012, supplement): 57-72.

Kheraj, Sean. “Living and Working With Domestic Animals in Nineteenth-Century Toronto.” InUrban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region, ed. L. Anders Sandberg, Stephen Bocking, Colin Coates, and Ken Cruikshank, 120-140. Hamilton, ON: LR Wilson Institute for Canadian History, 2013.

Krasney, MK and KG Tidball. Civic Ecology: Adaptation and Transformation from the Ground Up. MIT Press: Cambridge MA, forthcoming 2015.

Kuzniar, Alice.Melancholia’s Dog: Reflections on our Animal Kinship. Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Landes, Joan B., Paula Young Lee, and Paul Youngquist, eds. Gorgeous Beasts: Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective. Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012.

Lee, Paula Young. Meat, Modernity and the Rise of the Slaughterhouse. Lebanon, NH: University of New Hampshire Press, 2008.

Mark, Lisa Gabrielle. Wildlife: A Field Guide to the Post Natural. Toronto: Museum for Textiles, 2000.

Marks, Laura U.Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010.

Mason, Jennifer. Civilized Creatures: Urban Animals, Sentimental Culture, and American Literature, 1850-1900. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

McArthur, Jo-Anne. We Animals. New York: Lantern Books, 2013.

McKinnon, J.B. The Once and Future World: Nature As It Was, As It Is, As It Could Be. Toronto: Random House, 2013.

McLagan, Meg, and Yates McKee, eds. Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Action. New York: Zone Books, 2012.

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality. Duke University Press, 2011.

Mitchell, W.J.T. Picture Theory: Essays on Verbal and Visual Representation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

—. What do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Mizelle, Brett. “The Visibility and Invisibility of Pigs, Part Two: The Disappearing Slaughterhouse.” Humane Research Council (September 11, 2012)http://spot.humaneresearch.org/content/disappearing-slaughterhouse

Monbiot, George. Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life. Allen Lane: 2013

Montgomery, Charlotte. Blood Relations: Animals, Humans, and Politics. Toronto: Between the Lines, 2000.

Nagy, Kelsy and Phillip David Johnson II, eds. Trash Animals: How We Live With Nature’s Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013.

Norris, Jude. “Description of Works.” Urban Shaman: Contemporary Aboriginal Art Gallery Archives. Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2005.

Pachirat, Timothy. Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight. Yale University Press, 2011.

Poliquin, Rachel. The Breathless Zoo, Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012.

Pollock, Mary Sanders, and Catherine Rainwater, eds. Figuring Animals: Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy, and Popular Culture. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Preece, Rod. Awe for the Tiger, Love for the Lamb: A Chronicle of Sensibility to Animals. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2002.

—. Brute Souls, Happy Beasts, and Evolution: The Historical Status of Animals. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005.

Ritvo, Harriet. The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1987.

Rohman, Carrie.Stalking the Subject: Modernism and the Animal. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Rothfels, Nigel, ed. Representing Animals. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 2002.

Rowe, Martin. The Polar Bear in the Zoo: A Speculation. New York: Lantern Books, 2013.

Soper, Ella, and Nicholas Bradley, eds. Greening the Maple: Canadian Ecocriticism in Context. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2013.

Shukin, Nicole. Animal Capital: Rendering Life in Biopolitical Times. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2009.

Sowiak, Christine. “Contemporary Canadian Art: Locating Identity.” In A Passion for Identity: Canadian Studies for the 21st Century, ed. David Taras and Beverly Rasporich, 251-274. Nelson Thomson Learning, 2001.

Sullivan, Robert. Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants. New York: Bloomsbury, 2005.

Wakeham, Pauline. Taxidermic Signs: Reconstructing Aboriginality. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.

Wolfe, Cary. Animal Rites: American Culture, The Discourse of Species, and Posthumanist Theory. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

—. ed. Zoontologies: The Question of the Animal. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

—. What is Posthumanism? Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.

—. Before the Law: Humans and Others in a Biopolitical Frame. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.