Lives Beyond Us: in bookshops now

by Seb Manley

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Some time ago, inspired by my research and writing for this blog, I suggested to the poetry press Sidekick Books that they might like to publish a book of poems and essays on animals in film, edited by me and Kirsten Irving (the press’s co-editor). That book is now a reality, and it’s available in many good book shops. Among the contributions are poems about Jonesy (the cat from Alien), Melanie Griffith’s childhood relationship with her family’s adopted lion, and The Night of the Hunter and essays on The Straight StoryMon Oncle, and cinematic representations of animal advocacy (full contents below). It’s an exciting book, I think, not only because of its diverse content, but because of its design (by Jon Stone), which beautifully combines the forms of academic and arts publications and illustrates what can be gained by breaking down artificial boundaries. I’m really proud to have been a part of it.

The book is available on the Sidekick Books website, which also has details about the launch (happening in London this Tuesday, the 21st of July).

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LIVES BEYOND US: POEMS AND ESSAYS ON THE FILM REALITY OF ANIMALS
Edited by Sebastian Manley and Kirsten Irving

Introduction
SEBASTIAN MANLEY

‘I quite deliberately dressed wild animals in tame costumes of my imagination’: Animals as Special Effects
PAUL WELLS

Post-production
JOHN CLEGG

Representations of Animal Advocacy in Film
LOREDANA LOY

The Human–Animal Dialectic in Animated Movies
TÂNIA REGINA VIZACHRI

Extras | Commentaries | Owls
MIKE WEST

Significant Others: Of Horses and Men in The Wild Horse Redemption
AMANDA GILROY

Gender Trouble and The Horse Whisperer
ANGELA HOFSTETTER

Blurring the Boundaries: Big Cat Diary
CAROL FREEMAN

Bear #141
SAMUEL PRINCE

Bear Intervention!
JON STONE

The Avant-Garde among the Animals
WALTER C. METZ

grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
SOPHIE MAYER

Asta: The Screwball Dog and the Hollywood Crime Film
NICOLAS PILLAI

Ambrosius
CHRISSY WILLIAMS

A Pirates of the Caribbean Bestiary
ANTHONY ADLER

Les Chiens de Mon Oncle
SIMON BARRACLOUGH

ALIEN vs JONESY
ANGELA CLELAND

The lion handler’s advice to a young Melanie Griffith
REBECCA WIGMORE

Analytic Animals: Agency at Some Interfaces within Chronophotography
CLIFF HAMMETT

A cat called Orangey was in a number of movies,
MARK WALDRON

Machine-Age Comedy Gone Rural: Hustlin’ Hank (1923) and the Problem of Animals on Film
KEVIN M. FLANAGAN

The Wolf Man
ABIGAIL PARRY

‘Does zoology include people?’ Human and Animal Identity in Hitchcock’s Marnie (1964) and The Birds (1963)
SEBASTIAN MANLEY

Empire of the Ants
JUDE C. MONTAGUE

Tallow
JAMES COGHILL

Death of a White-Tailed Deer in David Lynch’s The Straight Story (1999)
JULIE ANN SMITH

A Very Special Case
NICK MURRAY

The Pitch
RICHARD EVANS

Easy Rovers, Raging Fur Balls: How Animals Did a Wee-Wee on Hollywood and Humped Louis Mayer’s Favourite Armchair
OLLY GRUNER

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