Review Essay: Developing Empathy Towards Other-than-human Animals through Cultural and Literary Representations
This review essay focuses on the animal question and the role that cultural and literary representations of other-than-human animals may have in raising awareness of the severity of the situation and eventually developing a more egalitarian and empathetic society. This paper reviews two different approaches to the issue: an innovative empirical study of the impact that narratives may have on our attitudes towards other species conducted in Poland by Wojciech Malecki, Piotr Sorokowski, Boguslaw Pawlowski, and Marcin Cienski and presented in Human Minds and Animal Stories: How Narratives Make Us Care About Other Species; and a qualitative interdisciplinary research on the animal question in Spain in Spanish Thinking About Animals edited by Margarita Carretero-González.
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