Animal Dreams

David Brooks

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Format: paperback
290 pages
ISBN: 9781743327470
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.30722/sup.9781743327470
Publication: 01 Apr 2021
Series: Animal Publics
Publisher: Sydney University Press

Animal Dreams collects David Brooks’ thought-provoking essays about how humans think, dream and write about other species. Brooks examines how animals have featured in Australian and international literature and culture, from ‘The Man from Snowy River’ to Rainer Maria Rilke and The Turin Horse, to live-animal exports, veganism, and the culling of native and non-native species. In his piercing, elegant, widely celebrated style, he considers how private and public conversations about animals reflect older and deeper attitudes to our own and other species, and what questions we must ask to move these conversations forward, in what he calls ‘the immense work of undoing’.

For readers interested in animal welfare, conservation, and the relationship between humans and other species, Animal Dreams will be an essential, richly rewarding companion.

Praise for David Brooks

‘one of Australia’s most skilled, unusual and versatile writers’

– Peter Pierce, The Sydney Morning Herald.

‘No one writes about animals like David Brooks.’

– Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (author of The Assault on Truth, When Elephants Weep and Lost Companions)

Praise for Animal Dreams

‘Beautifully written and emotionally and intellectually enthralling. The best book I have ever read on relations between humans and animals and the ‘redress’ we owe them. It makes you angry, it makes you weep; it makes you determined to rethink and to act.’

– Helen Tiffin, FAHA (co-author of The Empire Writes Back and Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutang)

David Brooks is a poet, novelist, short fiction writer and essayist. He has taught literature at various Australian universities and is honorary associate professor of Australian literature at the University of Sydney.

Introduction
Author’s Note

The Smoking Vegetarian
Cracks in the Fray
Animal Dreams
The Fallacies
The Loaded Cat
Field’s Kangaroo
Meeting Place
At Duino
Foal’s Bread
Dougald’s Goat
An Exoneration
Writing Animals
Cull and Culture
Lisika
The Wound
The Rats of Lord
Howe Archons at the End of Time

Works Cited
Acknowledgements
Index

Format: paperback
Size: 210 × 148 × 21 mm
290 pages
b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2021
ISBN: 9781743327470
Publication: 01 Apr 2021
Series: Animal Publics