Screening the Nonhuman
Representations of Animal Others in the Media
Contributions by Joseph Anderton, Michael Atkinson, Fernando Pagnoni Berns, Christina Victoria Cedillo, Amber E. George, Stella Hockenhull, Anja Höing, am Husemann, Fiona Yuk-wa Law, Matthew Lerberg, César Marino, Guilherme Nothen, Sean Parson, Jennifer Polish, J. L. Schatz, Carter Soles Edited by Amber E. George, J. L. Schatz
Publication date:27 April 2016
Length of book:238 pages
Screening the Nonhuman draws connections between how animals represented on screen translate into reality. In doing so, the book demonstrates that consuming media is not a neutral act but rather a political one. The images humans consume have real world consequences for how animals are treated as actors, as pets, and in nature. The contributors propose that altering the representations of animals can change the way humans relate to non/humans. Our hope is for humans to generate more ethical relationships with non/humans, ultimately mediating reality both in terms of fiction and non-fiction. To achieve this end, film, television, advertisements, and social media are analyzed through an intersectional lens. But the book doesn’t stop here. Each author creates counter-representational strategies that promise to unweave the assumptions that have led to the mistreatment of humans and non/humans alike.
Our fellow animals have had rough treatment on film—like many of our fellow humans. But they cannot organize and protest like we can. The book you have before you gives us tools and evidence to make the case on their behalf. Freedom from harm is a basic animal right, and that applies to issues of representation as well as physical treatment. Their cause must be our cause.