After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions
A. Marie Houser
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From Gabriel Gudding to Melanie Rae Thon, sixteen remarkable writers contribute fiction, prose-poems, and a play to After Coetzee: An Anthology of Animal Fictions. Raccoons break out of a lab in the United States. A man in China finds himself caged as a tiger. And the speaker who delivers Gudding’s “encomium”—a poem that praises and laments—rails against animal agriculture. Named after Nobel Prize and Man Booker International Prize winner J.M. Coetzee, the anthology honors, follows, and succeeds at the task Coetzee set forth in his prize-winning novels: to present a literature for and about “the animal.”
“In this absorbing anthology, A. Marie Houser brings together a cohort of writers who, drawing on the powers of the sympathetic human imagination, lead us on a series of forays into the worlds inhabited by our animal cousins, near and not so near.” —J.M. Coetzee