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Animals Erased
Discourse, Ecology, and Reconnection with the Natural World
Arran Stibbe

Wesleyan University Press
2012 • 224 pp. 12 illus. 6 tables. 6 x 8 1/4"
Linguistics / Human Ecology

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7232-5
$70.00 Hardcover, 978-0-8195-7231-8

$19.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7233-2

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(Cloth edition is un-jacketed.
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A linguist explores our relationships with animals and the natural world

Animals are disappearing, vanishing, and dying out—not just in the physical sense of becoming extinct, but in the sense of being erased from our consciousness. Increasingly, interactions with animals happen at a remove: mediated by nature programs, books, and cartoons; framed by the enclosures of zoos and aquariums; distanced by the museum cases that display lifeless bodies. In this thought-provoking book, Arran Stibbe takes us on a journey of discovery, revealing the many ways in which language affects our relationships with animals and the natural world. Animal-product industry manuals, school textbooks, ecological reports, media coverage of environmental issues, and animal-rights polemics all commonly portray animals as inanimate objects or passive victims. In his search for an alternative to these negative forms of discourse, Stibbe turns to the traditional culture of Japan. Within Zen philosophy, haiku poetry, and even contemporary children’s animated films, animals appear as active agents, leading their own lives for their own purposes, and of value in themselves.

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“Amazingly clear and incisive readings of a wide range of discourses related to animals and ecology. With an impressive eye for detail and the ‘big picture,’ Stibbe gives real insights into the relationship between language, values, and actions.”—Karla Armbruster, coeditor of Beyond Nature Writing

“Those of us of cultures of the land—both working with and, yes, consuming animals—will applaud Arran Stibbe’s analysis of the loss of soul when right relationship is discarded.”—Alastair McIntosh, Centre for Human Ecology, and author of Soil and Soul

Arran Stibbe is a reader in ecological linguistics at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the founder of the Language and Ecology Research Forum (

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