Becoming Animal

Translated by Kári Driscoll
₹599.00 $21 £15.99

Forthcoming in May 2024.

An unveiling of the presence of captivating figures and creatures throughout history.

In this gripping philosophical and cultural exploration, Teresa Präauer sets out to investigate figures of transformation, transmission and translation—across languages, cultures, genres, media, species and spaces. Hybrids, chimeras, monsters and liminal creatures of all sorts inhabit these pages, as indeed they do the pages of the cultural archive from Antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present day: everything from the harpies, ape-men and cynocephali that inhabit the edges of medieval maps and taxonomies to the Krampuses and Furries that roam through Alpine villages and convention centres today. Yet these chimeras are not aberrations; rather, they reveal an essential truth about culture and artistic expression.

What emerges in Becoming Animal is a kaleidoscopic image of culture as the constant probing of the limits of the sayable, as an unending process of attempting to capture in words and symbols that which cannot be pinned down.

ISBN: 9781803093321
Pages: 132
Size: 5” x 8”
Format: Hardback
Publication Year: May 2024
Rights: UCP
Category: Culture Studies


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