Cross-Species Intimacies from Guide Dogs to Artificial Meat

By Karla Armbruster

McHugh_Animal coverOn the cover of Susan McHugh’s book, the subtitle “Narrating across Species Lines” bisects the title “Animal Stories” at a forty-five degree angle.  This cover image astutely captures the general thrust of this work of criticism, which provides a number of new angles on literary and visual narratives featuring nonhuman animals — narratives ranging from genre fiction (Baynard Kendrick’s mystery novels featuring a blind war veteran who works as a private investigator with his guide dog) to classic literature (George Orwell’s Animal Farm) to film (Babe) to photography (Sue Coe’s Dead Meat).

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