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Victorian Animal Dreams

Representations of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture
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Deborah Denenholz Morse
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Contents: General editor's preface; Introduction, Deborah Denenholz Morse and Martin A. Danahay. Part I Science and Sentiment: Animal angst: Victorians memorialize their pets, Teresa Mangum; Victorian beetlemania, Cannon Schmitt; Killing elephants: pathos and prestige in the 19th century, Nigel Rothfels; Designs after nature: evolutionary fashions, animals and gender, Susan David Bernstein; Dying like a dog in Great Expectations, Ivan Kreilkamp. Part II Sex and Violence: Nature red in hoof and paw: domestic animals and violence in Victorian culture, Martin A. Danahay; 'The crossing o' breeds' in The Mill on the Floss, Mary Jean Corbett; Horses and social/sexual dominance, Elsie B. Michie; Pacific harvests: whales and albatrosses in 19th-century markets, Anca Vlasopolos. Part III Sin and Bestiality: 'The mark of the beast': animals as sites of imperial encounter from Wuthering Heights to Green Mansions, Deborah Denenholz Morse; Beastly criminals and criminal beasts: stray women and stray dogs in Oliver Twist, Grace Moore; The sin of sloths: the moral status of fossil megatheria in Victorian culture, Alan Rauch; Tiger tales, Heather Schell; The empire bites back: the racialized crocodile of the 19th century, Mary Elizabeth Leighton and Lisa Surridge;Afterword, Harriet Ritvo; Index.
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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