Reading Fiction, Valuing Different Kinds of Lives
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.
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