Dogdom: Nonhuman Others and the Othered Self in Kafka, Beckett, and Auster

Anderton, Joseph (2016) Dogdom: Nonhuman Others and the Othered Self in Kafka, Beckett, and Auster. Twentieth-Century Literature, 62 (3). pp. 271-288. ISSN 0041-462X

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Abstract

Focusing on Franz Kafka’s “Investigations of a Dog” (1922), Samuel Beckett’s Molloy (1955), and Paul Auster’s Timbuktu (1999), this essay reflects on how these works represent the fundamental unknowability of animal perspectives while at the same time suggesting how dogs and humans still remain close. I make the claim that, as with speaking in place of another, speaking for oneself also entails the production of an other, and that these efforts to read and give voices to dogs point toward the rupture of the self-reflective human subject. In featuring their failed attempts to write canines, these works succeed in writing the human ignorance of nonhuman animal worlds, but they also expose the fissure within human autobiography itself.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Q300 English studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of English
UoA Collections > UoA29: English Language and Literature
Depositing User: Yanyan Wang
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 09:43
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 09:43
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4986

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