Article posted to The New Yorker website:
Can Fiction Show Us How Animals Think? by Ivan Kreilkamp.
The article discusses a few works that are told from the viewpoint of an animal. Among the handful of classics mentioned are Black Beauty, Aesop’s Fables, The Wind in the Willows, a 1974 essay entitled What Is It Like to Be a Bat?, and a recently released work entitled The Tusk That Did the Damage. Somewhat surprisingly, there was no mention of Watership Down. He asks whether it’s really possible to understand how animals think and whether such works offer any insight. More than once he describes the parts of a story that are allegedly from an animal’s viewpoint as being “disappointingly human” or very similar to the author, which makes me wonder, how would he know? What would he consider as sounding more like it was from an animals point of view.
The author’s knowledge of animals in fiction seems to be limited to classic literature and children’s literature. He offers no indication that he is aware of furry literature and the fandom that produced it, or even the sizable body of commercially published science fiction and fantasy literature that features animals and animal-like characters. One wonders how differently the article might have read if he had been.