267pp., paperback, Johannesburg, 2018
Examines what certain literary genres - indigenous forms, early European travelogues, hunting accounts, novels, game-ranger memoirs, scientific accounts and poems - imply about the diverse attitudes towards elephants and who shows compassion towards them.
"'Death and Compassion' is engagingly written. It provides an original and highly informative analysis of fictional and non-fictional accounts of elephant ontology, of what it might be like to be an elephant, and of elephant ethics in southern Africa." Kai Horsthemke, Chair of Philosophy of Education and Systematic Pedagogy, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Dan Wylie lectures in the English Department at Rhodes University. He has published three books on King Shaka, several volumes of poetry and a memoir.