Rodolfo Piskorski

Rodolfo Piskorski
Cardiff University | CU · School of English, Communication and Philosophy

PhD

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Introduction
Rodolfo Piskorski holds a PhD in Critical and Cultural Theory from Cardiff University, where he is currently University Teacher in Portuguese. He is interested in the interface between animality and textuality. His most recent publication is 'Of Zoogrammatology as a Positive Literary Theory'. He maintains the website Animal Words - www.animalwords.co.uk - to share his research with a wider public.

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Publications (32)
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This is the introduction to the volume.
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Piskorski analyses animality in Clarice Lispector’s novel The Apple in the Dark, as it is plays in the passage from nature to culture. Rather than a stage in such a journey, the animal is revealed by the novel as an arche-animal, an articulating supplement which precedes—and thus makes possible—the differentiation between stages in an evolutionary...
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Piskorski explores the consequences for literary analysis of what he calls zoogrammatology described by reading Ted Hughes’s poem ‘The Thought-Fox’ for its zoogrammatological contribution to debates concerning the nature of poetic language. He starts by discussing Derek Attridge’s presentation of Roman Jakobson’s ‘poetic function’ and the aporias i...
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Piskorski reads Freud’s Totem and Taboo to provide a genealogy of the materialisation of both animal and linguistic bodies and map the extent to which they overlap. He shows that the totem animal discussed by Freud has to be thought as an arche-animal that is neither ideal as an animal species, nor material and singular as one individual animal. Th...
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Piskorski situates the common analytical strategy in Literary Animal Studies of foregrounding animal embodiment in J. M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals, underscoring such a strategy’s inadvertent admission of the constitutive powers of language in literature’s attempt to grapple with embodiment. Next, he discusses in more detail the co-implicated c...
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Piskorski highlights some of the points that the previous chapters had in common and how the literary analyses presented demonstrate the meaning of zoogrammatology at the same time as they represent examples of the kind of critical practice being proposed. He finally mounts a defence of Derridean deconstruction as an anti-speciesist critical approa...
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Piskorski analyses Darren Aronofsky’s 2010 film Black Swan for its reflections on the possible uses of animality in signifying practices. He delves into some of the thematic strands that organise the textuality of the film and set up its investment in what he calls arche-animality. Piskorski goes on to discuss animal representation itself, which le...
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Derrida and Textual Animality: For a Zoogrammatology of Literature analyses what has come to be known, in the Humanities, as ‘the question of the animal’, in relation to literary texts. Rodolfo Piskorski intervenes in the current debate regarding the non-human and its representation in literature, resisting popular materialist methodological approa...
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That Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex is concerned with childhood is something of a truism, but there are ways in which this holds true that go beyond its contribution to the Freudian theory of infantile sexuality. The riddle posed by the sphinx, whose solving cements Oedipus’ incestuous marriage, foregrounds infancy and its similarities to and differences f...
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In Of Grammatology, Derrida deconstructs the ideal/material dichotomy—especially in the speech/writing distinction—thereby locating a differential source to the distinction itself, which he calls arche-writing. Following his interest in “paleonymy,” the author proposes the paleonym arche-animality to understand animality in texts and the term zoogr...
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The chapter provides a theoretically attentive analysis of Darren Aronofsky’s acclaimed film Black Swan (2010). This psychological drama about rival ballerinas rehearsing a production of Swan Lake explores ideas of animality at the level of cultural trope and a more singular artistic fantasy of metamorphosis. Piskorski introduces arguments from Del...
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This chapter aims to discuss a common practice in Animal Studies scholarship regarding literary representation so as to open a productive space for a more intricate nexus between animality and the literary. This common practice consists of an extreme materialism in framing the ‘animal question’ with respect to (literary) language, to the exclusion...
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It is well-known by now that Derrida’s book
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Darren Aronofsky’s 2006 film The Fountain presents itself to a productive reading into the ways in which intersectioning discourses of oppression are coded into film and operated on as ideologies. This article will look on the differences of gender, species, and race/ethnicity in the film, and on how they are constitutively articulated in order to...
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Darren Aronofsky’s 2006 film The Fountain presents itself to a productive reading into the ways in which intersectioning discourses of oppression are coded into film and operated on as ideologies. This article will look on the differences of gender, species, and race/ethnicity in the film, and on how they are constitutively articulated in order to...
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Este artigo explora conceitualmente os problemas teóricos da poesia em sua relação com a prosa, a escrita e a voz como esboço de uma teoria para se pensar a música vocal sem palavras. Primeiramente, possíveis definições da poesia são discutidas, juntamente com outras dicotomias problemáticas relacionadas à linguagem (fala/escrita, canto/fala, human...
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A literatura se encontra endividada a uma presença animal (definida como o não linguístico por excelência com o qual a linguagem tem que se relacionar) que ela mesma conjura. Lendo o conto “A quinta história”, de Clarice Lispector, este trabalho projeta a importância da animalidade para qualquer processo de significação.
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This article reads Shakespeare's The Tempest as a key text for any genealogy and post-humanist deconstruction of Early Modern humanism and of the human/animal divide, having been written during the transition from the Renaissance to Early Modernity, but also because it dramatizes the very process of the production of humanism (and of the human as o...