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Literary BioethicsAnimality, Disability, and the Human$
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Maren Tova Linett

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479801268

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479801268.001.0001

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Reading Fiction, Valuing Different Kinds of Lives

(p.1) Introduction
Literary Bioethics

Maren Tova Linett

NYU Press

The introduction sets up the method of literary bioethical analysis used in this study. It discusses differing points of view about the ethical power of reading literature, arguing that while reading literature is not necessarily an ethical process, resistant reading methods allow us to view characters sympathetically even when the texts in which they appear seem to dismiss their subjectivity. The introduction then discusses varying ways of conceiving the category of the human, advocates a closer alliance between animal studies and disability studies, and provides a preview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   thought experiments, bioethics, animal studies, disability studies, ethics of fiction, Martha Nussbaum, conceptions of the human

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