Have you ever wanted to read about the relationships among humans and animals…but you weren’t sure where to start? Inspired by the texts suggested by Dr. Barbara King during her July interview, Performing Humanity is pleased to provide this additional abbreviated list to get you started! By no means comprehensive, the list aims at introducing readers to possible texts that can lead them further into the field. We invite you to use the comments section to suggest additions!
Introductions to Animal Studies
Margo DeMello, Animals and Society: An Introduction to Human-Animal Studies (Columbia University Press, 2012).
Donna Haraway, When Species Meet (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).
Hal Herzog, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals (Harper Perrenial, 2011).
Social Creatures: A Human and Animal Studies Reader, Ed. Clifton P. Flynn (Lantern Books, 2008).
Humans and Animals in Philosophy and Society
Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals (Back Bay Books, 2010).
Jim Mason and Peter Singer, The Ethics of What We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter (Rodale, 2007).
Peter Singer, Animal Liberation (Harper, 1975, 2009).
Animals in Literature
Richard Adams, The Plague Dogs (Ballantine, 2006).
Robert O’Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh (Aladdin, 1986).
Anna Sewell, Black Beauty (Signet, 2011).