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DivinanimalityAnimal Theory, Creaturely Theology$
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Stephen Moore

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823263196

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.001.0001

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The Dogs of Exodus and the Question of the Animal

The Dogs of Exodus and the Question of the Animal

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(p.36) The Dogs of Exodus and the Question of the Animal
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Divinanimality
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Ken Stone

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823263196.003.0003

Ken Stone's essay takes one dog in particular as its point of departure, that in Emmanuel Levinas's “The Name of a Dog,” an essay that has acquired unprecedented significance with the emergence of animality studies. Stone notes how Levinas's tale of Bobby, the Nazi labor-camp dog, begins and ends with reference to two differently positioned groups of dogs in the Book of Exodus. Stone picks up where Levinas leaves off, following the intricate tracks of the dogs and other nonhuman animals though Exodus and other biblical literature, aided by Jacques Derrida, and demonstrating how complex, and occasionally non-anthropocentric, are biblical representations of “the animal.”

Keywords:   Animality studies, Book of Exodus, Emmanuel Levinas, Jacques Derrida, Dogs

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