The original version of a contribution to the Palgrave Handbook of Critical Posthumanism (forthcoming end of 2021).
This is an advanced draft of an essay to be published in a volume on Italian Posthumanism (edited by Gloria Lauri-Lucente and Fabrizio Foni). It performs a posthumanist reading of Elio Vittorini’s Uomini e no, 1945 (trans. as Men and Not Men, 1985) with a special focus on Vittorini’s “dogged” humanism based on the idea theat “the victim is always more human than the perpetrator”. Its aim is to deconstruct the human-animal opposition that underlies the logic of sacrifice and resistance in the face of evil and suffering. Vittorini’s work in this (existentialist) context is emblematic of that of an entire generation of (post-)WWII and (post-)Holocaust writers and their engagement with the limits of the human and their exploration of the abyss of inhumanity. With its revolt against the “human condition” the desperate humanism of Vittorini’s generation remains extremely relevant for a contemporary critical posthumanism engaged in a rethinking of the human-nonhuman distinction from a postanthopocentric point of view.
Brooding – Life After Animals (Zoontotechnics conference paper, Cardiff 2010)