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Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture

Contexts for Criticism

Editors: Mazzeno, Laurence W., Morrison, Ronald D. (Eds.)

  • Addresses both the treatment of actual animals in Victorian culture and their potential symbolic meanings 
  • Demonstrates that the contexts in which the Victorians discussed animals have relevance for modern debates about the treatment of animals in society
  • Discusses canonical authors alongside relatively minor Victorian writers, as well as iconoclastic Victorian writers such as Frances Power Cobbe and Henry Stephens Salt
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About this book

This collection includes twelve provocative essays from a diverse group of international scholars, who utilize a range of interdisciplinary approaches to analyze “real” and “representational” animals that stand out as culturally significant to Victorian literature and culture. Essays focus on a wide range of canonical and non-canonical Victorian writers, including Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Anna Sewell, Emily Bronte, James Thomson, Christina Rossetti, and Richard Marsh, and they focus on a diverse array of forms: fiction, poetry, journalism, and letters. These essays consider a wide range of cultural attitudes and literary treatments of animals in the Victorian Age, including the development of the animal protection movement, the importation of animals from the expanding Empire, the acclimatization of British animals in other countries, and the problems associated with increasing pet ownership.  The collection also includes an Introduction co-written by the editors and Suggestions for Further Study, and will prove of interest to scholars and students across the multiple disciplines which comprise Animal Studies. 

About the authors

Laurence W. Mazzeno is President Emeritus of Alvernia University, USA. He is the author of critical reception studies on a number of British and American authors, editor of several essay collections, reviews editor for Nineteenth-Century Prose and academic editor for two editions of the fourteen-volume Masterplots series.
Ronald D. Morrison is Professor of English at Morehead State University, USA.  He is co-editor, with Laurence W. Mazzeno, of Victorian Writers and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives (2016).  He has published essays on Thomas Hardy, Christina Rossetti, and Richard Jefferies, among other authors.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Mazzeno, Laurence W. (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • Collecting the Live and the Skinned

    Colley, Ann C.

    Pages 21-40

  • Dickens, Household Words, and the Smithfield Controversy at the Time of the Great Exhibition

    Morrison, Ronald D.

    Pages 41-63

  • Beasts, Birds, Fishes, and Reptiles: Anthony Trollope and the Australian Acclimatization Debate

    Moore, Grace

    Pages 65-82

  • Dogs’ Homes and Lethal Chambers, or, What Was it Like to be a Battersea Dog?

    Hamilton, Susan

    Pages 83-105

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eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60219-0
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-60218-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture
Book Subtitle
Contexts for Criticism
Editors
  • Laurence W. Mazzeno
  • Ronald D. Morrison
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-60219-0
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-60219-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-60218-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 289
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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