VOLUME XIII, NUMBER 2, Fall issue AND surprise companion book - OUT NOW

CoverWe live in an exciting era that invites us to reconsider human-animal boundaries and relations on a daily level: many young girls’ favourite application on visual content-sharing social media platforms Snapchat and Instagram is a facial recognition software called Dog Filter that lets users technologically enhance their self-portrait and presumably augment their sex appeal by adding their faces a canine nose, ears, as well as a tongue that droops down whenever the mouth is open; “the monkey selfie copyright dispute” ignited by pictures taken by wild macaques using a camera belonging to a nature photographer has established a legal precedent that non-human creators can be declared legal persons and copyright holders; the reawakening of ancient viruses due to global warming melting ice caps’ permafrost is no longer a catastrophe movie’s nightmare but an imminent encounter awaiting humanity; and scientists have found evidence of a non-human/non-animal consciousness that is exemplary for humans in trees’ altruistic ways of helping each other in a forest environment through acoustic signatures, intertwining roots, and fungal networks. These earthly phenomena might eventually lead us to epiphanies concerning interspecies connectedness. They can remind us that although in the Anthropocene humankind, in the name of self-proclaimed superiority, has caused long term, planet-scale, incurable, malignant impact, – like the mass extinctions of plant and animal species, the pollution of the oceans, the extermination of the rainforests, or the alteration of the atmosphere – it is high time we start to think in terms of a post-Anthropocene era when humans and non-humans – animals, plants, and cyborgs alike – interconnect as parts of “the same litter,” mutually benefiting from their cohabitation as “companion species,” bonded in “significant otherness” as “messmates” in a multipartner “mud dance,” to use feminist philosopher biologist Donna Haraway’s terminology (32). One of the ultimate recognitions might be that ‘becoming humanimal’ might function as a survival strategy in our increasingly chaotic, dangerous, endangered world.

The growing interest in humanimal studies was also attested by the impressive number of submissions received for this issue devoted to theme of the fantastification of interspecies ties in contemporary popular culture. The best case-studies of a plethora of essays on ‘post-anthropocentric assemblages of human-nonhuman relations mediated by fantastic imagination’ have been eventually selected for publication in a double corpus of twin texts. In an unprecedented manner, an AMERICANA e-Journal is issued simultaneously with an AMERICANA eBooks on a similar theme. Besides the present special journal issue on Interspecies Dialogues in Postmillennial Filmic Fantasies, we proudly present and heartily recommend to the attention of interested readers the conmapnion volume entitled Posthumanism in Fantastic Fiction that can be downloaded free of charge under the Creative Commons licence from the series’ website or ordered online in print .

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