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Poetics and Ethics of Anthropomorphism


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Introduction1. Dear Little Man: Who's Talking to Whom?2. How Practical are these Cats? Animal Poetry at Large3. The Little Dog Laughed to See Such Sport: The Childish Appeal of Humanimal Ambivalences4. Beware the Jubjub Bird: Cautionary Verses Revisited5. If You Go Down to the Woods Today: Wild and Domestic Textuality6. 'They'd Eaten Every One': Food Anthropomorphism in 'The Walrus and the Carpenter' and Elsewhere7. This Little Piggie Went to Market: A New Humanimal Politics for Poetry

About the Author

Christopher (Kit) Kelen is a poet and painter, resident in the Myall Lakes of NSW. Published widely since the 1970s, he has a dozen full length collections in English as well as translated books of poetry in Chinese, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian, Swedish, Norwegian, and Filipino. A Greek bi-lingual volume is in preparation. His latest book of poetry in English is Poor Man's Coat - Hardanger Poems, published by UWAP in 2018. Kit's Book of Mother is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann in 2021. Emeritus Professor at the University of Macau, where he taught for many years, Kit Kelen is also a Conjoint Professor at the University of Newcastle. With Bjoern Sundmark, Kelen has edited two large-scale Routledge anthologies in the Children's Literature area: The Nation in Children's Literature (2013) and Child Autonomy and Child Governance in Children's Literature: Where Children Rule? (2017). In 2017, Kelen was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Malmoe, in Sweden. Chengcheng You is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau. Her articles appeared in Children's Literature in Education, Mosaic: An Interdisciplinary Critical Journal, The Lion and the Unicorn, International Research in Children's Literature, and History of Education and Children's Literature. Her publications also include book chapters published in the anthologies: Child Governance and Autonomy in Children's Literature (2017), Debatable Lands: New Directions in Children's Gothic (2017), and Posthumanism in Fantastic Fiction (2018). Currently her research interests include critical approaches to children's literature, interdisciplinary studies in animals and literature, adaptation of Chinese classics, and the translation of Children's Literature.

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