Encountering Anthropomorphism: Editorial

Allen, Richard and May, Shaun (2015) Encountering Anthropomorphism: Editorial. Performance Research, 20 (2). pp. 1-3. ISSN 1352-8165. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The term ‘anthropomorphism’ relates to a complex of interesting and mutually contradictory ideas, which this issue aims to explore. On the one hand, it is used to refer to something that resembles a human, and, on the other hand, it refers to our natural tendency to read human characteristics in the non-human object or animal. Bruno Latour complicates things further when he insists that ‘anthropos and morphos together mean either that which has human shape or that which gives shape to humans’ (Latour 2009: 237). The articles in this issue address the subject of anthropomorphism in its multiplicity, with different conceptions of the term coexisting in the same volume, and we hope that the tensions between them will make the issue more than the sum of its parts. The purpose of this introduction, then, is not to argue for one conception of anthropomorphism over another, but to present a series of encounters with it and to tease out conceptual threads that connect the varying contributions.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1655 Drama
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Shaun May
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 16:31 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2015 12:57 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/49201 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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