Updated: Sep 28, 2019
(Re)Evaluating the Animality of Man and the Animality of Animals in Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz and Kurt Vonnegut’s The Sirens of Titan
By Skye Cervone
Science Fiction texts are in a unique position to explore human/animal relationships and explore the transformative power of such relationships. There has been a call from within the scholarship community to address this power and focus on animal studies within science fiction. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller and The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut are concerned with human/animal relationships and the important power within these relationships. Both texts provide an avenue for exploring human and animal identity, and suggest ways that these identities can be reshaped. It is through human relationships to animals that an increased capacity for compassion can be found and fostered.