Possible Bodies

The Animality House

Item number: 040
Item title: The Animality House
Author(s) of the item: Devin Jernigan
Year in which the item emerged culturally or was produced industrially: 2017
Entry of the item into the inventory: 22/04/2017
Inventor(s) for this item: Possible Bodies

"This house is an attempted embodiment of animality" (Devin Jernigan)

image: D. Jernigan, The Animality House

If animal studies can be seen as work that explores representations of animality and related discourses with an emphasis on advocacy for nonhuman animals, animality studies becomes work that emphasizes the history of animality in relation to human cultural studies, without an explicit call for nonhuman advocacy.

-Lundblad, Michael. "From Animal to Animality Studies." PMLA 124.2 (2009): 500.

image: D. Jernigan, The Animality House

There it must be, I think, in the vast and eternal laws of matter, and not in the daily cares and sins and troubles of men, that whatever is more than animal within us must find its solace and its hope. I hope, or I could not live.

-The Island of Dr. Moreau

For a while, I continued to stare, fixedly. Even then, I could scarcely believe that I saw alright. In my mind, a question formed, reiterating incessantly: 'What does it mean?' 'What does it mean?' and I was unable to make answer, even out of the depths of my imagination. I seemed capable only of wonder and fear. For a time longer, I gazed, noting continually some fresh point of resemblance that attracted me. At last, wearied and sorely puzzled, I turned from it, to view the rest of the strange place on to which I had intruded.

-The House on the Borderlands, William Hope Hodgson