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    Sobriquet 47.18

    Saturday, October 18, 2008
    Although I assumed that I would be too sleepy to read much more than a few pages of a novel yesterday evening, I decided to at least make an effort to do something more -- and ended up reading Kari Weil's "Killing Them Softly: Animal Death, Linguistic Disability, and the Struggle for Ethics" in addition to a bit of The Rights of Desire. Weil's essay, like quite a few others, views David Lurie's relationship with animals as central to an understanding of Disgrace. Although there is a good deal more to the paper, I find Weil's use of autistic-animal relations as a key to opening a discussion of pre-verbal empathy between humans and non-humans to be one of the more fascinating things I have read lately. If anything, this short article proves that, as heavily discussed a novel as Disgrace happens to be, there is plenty of room for further critical debate.

    As for today, I still have another four pages of criticism to read before bed, so I am going to sign off for the evening/early morning.

    For tomorrow: Read another essay.

    Work Cited

    Weil, Kari. "Killing Them Softly: Animal Death, Linguistic Disability, and the Struggle for Ethics." Configurations 14 (2006): 87-96.

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  1. From Minxy:

    New nuggets of just can't go wrong. Even if they don't figure into the chapter, you at least have something new and interesting to ponder (and use for class discussions, if you're so inclined). :)

    By Blogger Sobriquet Magazine on 18 October, 2008

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