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The English Department has initiated research that is analysing the ways that animals have been represented in a number of different media and discourses (photographs, documentaries, print media, art, newspapers) and will follow on from Wendy Woodward’s The Animal Gaze (Wits, 2008) which focused on literary and popular texts in print.

 

 Figuring the Animal in Post- Apartheid South Africa

 

The English Department has initiated research that is analysing the ways that animals have been represented in a number of different media and discourses (photographs, documentaries, print media, art, newspapers) and will follow on from Wendy Woodward’s The Animal Gaze (Wits, 2008) which focused on literary and popular texts in print. The research will be framed by posthumanism and what evidence there might be in different art forms of new ways of thinking about non-human animals. It will also incorporate theories of space and place and new notions of cities.

There is considerable collaboration between the English department and the broader Faculty of Arts in this area. A number of colleagues, including Duncan Brown, Julia Martin, Anthony Parr, Hermann Wittenberg and Wendy Woodward, are engaged in work on Literature and Ecologies as well as on Animal Studies.

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