Wolves at the Door: Migration, Dehumanization, and Rewilding the World: by Peter Arnds, London, UK, Bloomsbury, 2021, 232 pp., $29.95 USD (paperback), $120.00 USD (hardback), ISBN: 9781501366765

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Abstract

In the context of recent populist rhetoric’s use of metaphors as a form of hate speech that inspires violence, Wolves at the Door: Migration, Dehumanization, Rewilding the World shows how the wolf myth has caused damage not only to the animal’s population, but to many humans over time and across the globe. From North America to Europe and as far-reaching as Oceania, Arnds book traces the history of how the wolf (as animal) has been used as a metaphor via myth, literary texts, political rhetoric, film, and visual culture to communicate xenophobia and racism. Arnds’ approach is unique in that his mix of literary and social discourse analyses allows for the deconstruction of boundaries between animal and human and between biodiversity and cultural diversity.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCritical Discourse Studies
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jan 2022
Externally publishedYes

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