Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women's Voices

Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women's Voices

Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women's Voices

Speaking Up for Animals: An Anthology of Women's Voices


Speaking Up for Animals highlights eighteen courageous members of a growing international animal advocacy movement that is overwhelmingly powered by women.These remarkable activists take us with them as they lift factory farmed chickens and cows from quagmires of filth, free gigantic sea lions caught in fishing gear and secure undercover footage of dogs crying for mercy on stainless steel vivisection tables.In the process, these dedicated women expose the many ways that most of us are complicit in the suffering and exploitation of animals, and creatively suggest a variety of ways in which we might help bring change.


Carol J. Adams

In her important book on violence and its consequences, Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman writes, “All the perpetrator asks is that the bystander do nothing. He appeals to the universal desire to see, hear, and speak no evil. The victim on the contrary asks the bystander to share the burden of pain. The victim demands action, engagement, and remembering.” I have lived with these powerful words for almost two decades now, and, to me, they underscore why individual activism matters; it matters because “the victim demands action, engagement, and remembering.”

In this book you will encounter stories from the lives of women who understood at a deep, personal level just what this means. You will find eighteen individual stories of action, engagement, and remembering.

Lisa Kemmerer has done a magisterial job of identifying some of the different paths in which women have expressed their engagement, refined their activism, and remembered, always remembered, why they are doing this. Or rather, for whom they are doing this. They share the burden of pain: a thirsty pig, a thirsty downed cow, a goat with both of his ears cut off, a rescued turkey with an abscessed foot, a baby seal crying “ma2" pubid="b2002674" type="preface">


I have been a student and a fan of the short story since I discovered Edgar Allan Poe when I was in junior high school; I have been studying, teaching, and writing about the form for the past twenty-five years. In that time, I think I have learned something about the characteristic way the short story performs that most primal task of “telling a story.” Maybe not. Readers of this modest little book will have to determine that. What I have tried to do here is compress and exemplify some of my thinking about the form over the last quarter century.

This book is one in a series that attempts to examine the historical development and generic (that is, genre-related) characteristics of specific literary forms. It follows a format designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the genre, as well as to provide an overview for teachers, critics, and scholars. In accordance with that format, the first chapter is a general analysis of the development of the short story over time; the last chapter is a survey and critique of criticism and commentary. The four chapters that make up the heart of the book tell a somewhat more detailed story about the gradual evolution of the form through its four most important historical and/or generic periods. In each chapter, I have provided critical discussions of important stories representative of each of these periods. The Chronology and annotated list of Recommended Titles are meant to provide an historical and critical framework and to suggest further reading.

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