Enter the Animal

Cross-species perspectives on grief and spirituality

Teya Brooks Pribac

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Format: paperback
262 pages
ISBN: 9781743327395
Publication: 01 Feb 2021
Series: Animal Publics
Publisher: Sydney University Press

In Enter the Animal, Teya Brooks Pribac examines academic and popular discourse on animals’ experiences of grief and spirituality, which are rooted in our intrinsic capacity and propensity for connections and relations, and highlights important ethical implications of humans’ treatment of other species.

Praise for Enter the Animal

‘This path-breaking book engages a surprising range of sources to shed extraordinary clarity on aspects of animal subjectivity that make other species every bit our equal. I could not stop reading.’

– Cynthia Willett, author of Interspecies Ethics

Enter the Animal is a fascinating journey into the hearts and minds of nonhuman animals and our shared capacities for experiencing a wide variety of deep and rich emotions. Employing an impressively broad scope of interdisciplinary research, this most important and forward-looking book offers a lucid, engrossing, and insightful exploration of the capacities for grief and spiritual engagement that humans share with other animals.’

 – Marc Bekoff, author of The Emotional Lives of Animals, Rewilding Our Hearts and The Animals' Agenda

‘This is a very impressive book which illuminates human–nonhuman animal relations with its thorough research and sophisticated theoretical analysis. It is crucial reading for anyone interested in grief in animals.’

– Peta Tait, author of Fighting Nature and Wild and Dangerous Performances


Dr Teya Brooks Pribac has a background in literature and linguistics. She works as a freelance translator and in animal advocacy between Australia and Europe, engages in different visual and verbal art forms as a hobbyist. She completed her PhD on animal grief at the University of Sydney, though her research interests extend to other aspects of emotions as well as to spirituality in human and nonhuman animals.





1: Animal subjectivity           

2: Intersubjective attachment and loss

3: Cross-cultural grief matters                       

4: Spiritual animal                 

5: Grief at a distance: humans grieving unknown nonhuman animals

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Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 × 13 mm
262 pages
Copyright: © 2021
ISBN: 9781743327395
Publication: 01 Feb 2021
Series: Animal Publics