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The dog, the home and the human, and the ancestry of Derrida's cat

Fudge, Erica (2007) The dog, the home and the human, and the ancestry of Derrida's cat. Oxford Literary Review, 29 (1-2). pp. 37-54.

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There are many stories, told by philosophers, historians, poets, about dogs, those loyal companions of our moments of recreation. In these stories, which are often played out in the most familiar locations, the absence of the dog is a mark of disorder, its presence order, and thus we find ourselves, in these tales we tell, at home, at peace – with dogs. Indeed, the stories told about dogs, we might argue, are never really about dogs at all, they are always about humans. These are stories that tell of a desire for completion – for self-knowledge, self-possession, security and stability – but which also have the potential to record – in the dog’s death or disappearance – the fragility of such self-knowledge, self-possession, security and stability.

Item type: Article
ID code: 29517
Keywords: dogs, cats, history of animals, human, philosophy, History (General), Literature and Literary Theory, Cultural Studies
Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2011 15:18
Last modified: 21 May 2015 13:06

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