Presentation Title: Representations of Animals in Contemporary Chinese Essays

Section: Ethical Complications III

Location: , 303

Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 1:50pm - 2:05pm


The 2012 collection Animal Essays, edited by Zhang Dan,is a compilation of work by contemporary Chinese writers reflecting upon the relationships between animals and human beings. The writers featured in this collection, including Taiwanese monk Grand Master Xing Yun, Shandong writer Zhang Wei, and Xinjiang writer Liu Liangcheng, all reflect a complex ideological mix of religion, animal rights, Chinese secularism, and Western environmentalism. Dispersed throughout the book are the iconic ink paintings of Feng Zikai, a twentieth-century Chinese artist and writer whose work has become symbolic of the animal rights movement. The publication of Animal Essays represents a slowly emerging consciousness in China of environmentalism and animal rights. Whether tenderly depicting the peaceful lives of lambs, or looking cynically at the harsh lives of working dogs, Animal Essays ultimately forces us to stop and reexamine our relationships with animals, at once incomprehensible and yet so reminiscent of ourselves.

Type of Presentation: Individual oral

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Presentation Area: Non-English Languages

Presentation Topic: Environment

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Presenter Information
Presenter(s): Kaminsky, Amanda Elizabeth
Major(s): Chinese
Class Year(s): 2013

Sponsor(s): Moran, Thomas E.
Dept(s): Chinese

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