Other Animals: Beyond the Human in Russian Culture and by Jane Costlow,Amy Nelson

By Jane Costlow,Amy Nelson

The lives of animals in Russia are intrinsically associated with cultural, political and mental changes of the Imperial, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras. Other Animals examines the interplay of animals and people in Russian literature, paintings, and lifestyles from the eighteenth century until eventually the current. The chapters probe quite a number human-animal relationships via stories of cruelty, interspecies communion and compassion, and efforts to both conquer or determine the human-animal divide. those essays additionally discover the original nature of the Russian adventure during this regard.  

Four topics run throughout the quantity: the superiority of animals in utopian visions; the ways that Russians have either integrated and occasionally challenged Western sensibilities and practices, corresponding to the humane remedy of animals and the inclusion of animals in city family existence; the search to spot and every now and then make the most the physiological foundation of human and animal habit and the ideological implications of those practices; and the breakdown of conventional human-animal hierarchies and different types during periods of progressive upheaval, social transformation, or disintegration.

From failed Soviet makes an attempt to transplant the semi-nomadic Sami and their reindeer herds onto collective farms, to functionality artist Oleg Kulik’s scandalous portrayal of Pavlov’s canines as a parody of the Soviet “new man,” to novelist Tatyana Tolstaya’s post-cataclysmic destiny international of hybrid animal species and their disaffection from the prior, Other Animals offers a very new viewpoint on Russian and Soviet background. It additionally deals a desirable check out the Russian psyche as obvious via human interactions with animals.

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