In the midst of the climate crisis and the threat of the sixth extinction, we can no longer claim to be the masters of nature. Rather, we need to unlearn our species’ arrogance for the sake of all animals, human and non-human. Rethinking our being-in-the-world as Homo sapiens, this monograph argues, starts precisely from the way we relate to our closer companion species. The authors gathered here endeavour to find multiple exit strategies from the anthropocentric paradigms that have bound the human and social sciences. Part I investigates the unexplored margins of human history by re-reading historical events, literary texts, and scientific findings from an animal’s perspective, rather than a human’s. Part II explores different forms of human-animal relationships, putting the emphasis on the institutions, spaces, and discourses that frame our interactions with animals. Part III engages with processes of "translation" that aim to render animals’ experience and perception into human words and visual language.

chapter |23 pages


Ways Out of the Anthropological Machine, or How and Why to Defamiliarize Ourselves

part I|104 pages

“Playing a Part in the Dramaturgy of the Real”

chapter 1|13 pages

A Giraffe’s Journey to France (1826–1827)

Recording the Encounter From the Animal’s Point of View 1

chapter 2|18 pages

Structures of Captivity and Animal Agency

The London Zoo, ca. 1865 to the Present Times

chapter 3|16 pages

Atlantic History From the Saddle

The Role of Horses in the Slave-Trading Atlantic World

chapter 5|21 pages

Laika’s Lullabies

Post-anthropocentric Representations of the First Dog in Space 1

chapter 6|15 pages

The Blind Spot of the Plot

Thinking Beyond Human With Karel Čapek 1

part II|71 pages

“I Relate, Therefore I Am”

part III|74 pages

“Across the Narrow Abyss of Non-comprehension”

chapter 11|13 pages

Literature and Animal Expressiveness

On the Cognitive and Ethical Aspects of Zoopoetics

chapter 12|16 pages

“Une langue ou une musique inouïe, assez inhumaine …”

Narrative Voice and the Question of the Animal

chapter 13|11 pages

From Being a Beast to Becoming-Animal

Literary Experiments in Crossing the Species Divide

chapter 14|18 pages

Cameras That Pose as Animals

Imagining Non-human Animals Through the POV Shot

chapter 15|14 pages

Playing (With) the Non-human

The Animal Avatar in Bear Simulator