Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Friday, November 2, 2012

Underground Ecocriticism Liveblog 10

Madeline Bassnett, “Becoming With, Becoming Worldly: The Human-Chicken Relationship in Prudent Choyselat's Discourse Of Housbandrie (1580).
Moral and ecological problems of the chicken industry of today. 
World War II stimulated chicken farming. 
War >> chickens. 
Modern commentators appear to resort to justifying raising animals for food
Medievals so no need for justifications. But they did identify animal-human relationships. 
Celebration of the chicken as a sentient intelligent member of the commonwealth. 
Male chicks >> capons through castration. 
Anthropomorphization of hen and idea that humans can learn something from her. 
The Chicken Book. Ordered world in which man and chicken both flourish. 
Rural experience >> understanding that domestic beasts are subsidiary members of the human community. 

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