Chris Danta is Senior Lecturer in English at UNSW, Sydney. He is the author of Literature Suspends Death: Sacrifice and Storytelling in Kierkegaard, Kafka and Blanchot (Bloomsbury, 2011) and Animal Fables after Darwin: Literature, Speciesism, and Metaphor (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2018). He has published essays in international peer-reviewed journals such as New Literary History, Modernism/modernity, SubStance, Literature & Theology, Textual Practice and Angelaki.
University of NSW
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