Negotiating with Anthropocentrism
A Case Study of The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Keywords:Anthropocentrism, Animal Studies, Human-Animal Boundary, Human-Animal Relations, Companion Species
Anthropocentrism is a concept in that humans use their own criteria to judge other animals’ values and give them meaning. This concept appears in many theories and philosophies that try to formulate a clear distinction between humans and other animals. However, presently, this human-animal distinction is under question, for there are many arguments asserting that humanity cannot clearly distinguish itself from other animals. Recognizing this, animal studies attempts to destabilize the boundaries between humans and animals. Although the procedures of this field of study have been presented by many critics, there is one core procedure which focuses on the human-animal relationship before expanding its scope to how humans press other animals. Furthermore, animal studies needs to pay attention to how animals negotiate with humans. This article uses The Travelling Cat Chronicles as its case study. The result is that although humans devalue other animals by giving them meaning related to what they want, other animals negotiate with it by rejecting that meaning or presenting their correlation parts with human. Nonetheless, the study also found that anthropomorphism is a pitfall of this novel, trapped them in anthropocentrism.
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