Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture
The Victorian period witnessed the beginning of a debate on the status of animals that continues today. This volume explicitly acknowledges the way twenty-first-century deliberations about animal rights and the fact of past and prospective animal extinction haunt the discussion of the Victorians' obsession with animals. Combining close attention to historical detail with a sophisticated analytical framework, the contributors examine the various forms of human dominion over animals, including imaginative possession of animals in the realms of fiction, performance, and the visual arts, as well as physical control as manifest in hunting, killing, vivisection and zookeeping. The diverse range of topics, analyzed from a contemporary perspective, makes the volume a significant contribution to Victorian studies. The conclusion by Harriet Ritvo, the pre-eminent authority in the field of Victorian/animal studies, provides valuable insight into the burgeoning field of animal studies and points toward future studies of animals in the Victorian period.
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The Crossing o Breeds
Horses and SexualSocial Dominance
Whales and Albatrosses in NineteenthCentury
Animals as Sites of Imperial Encounter
Stray Women and Stray
The Moral Status of Fossil Megatheria
The Racialized Crocodile of
Dying Like a Dog in Great Expectations
Domestic Animals and Violence
Animal Dreams and Animal Reflections
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