Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature

Animals, Museum Culture and Children’s Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Curious Beasties

Authors: Talairach, Laurence

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  • Explores children’s literature as seen through popular zoology and palaeontology
  • Offers a unique viewpoint on the construction of science in the long nineteenth century
  • Investigates ways children’s literature of the period reflected imperial culture 
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Animals, Museum Culture and Children’s Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain: Curious Beasties explores the relationship between the zoological and palaeontological specimens brought back from around the world in the long nineteenth century—be they alive, stuffed or fossilised—and the development of children’s literature at this time. Children’s literature emerged as dizzying numbers of new species flooded into Britain with scientific expeditions, from giraffes and hippopotami to kangaroos, wombats, platypuses or sloths. As the book argues, late Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian children’s writers took part in the urge for mass education and presented the world and its curious creatures to children, often borrowing from their museum culture and its objects to map out that world. This original exploration illuminates how children’s literature dealt with the new ordering of the world, offering a unique viewpoint on the construction of science in the long nineteenth century.

About the authors

Laurence Talairach is Professor of English at the University of Toulouse Jean Jaurès and Associate Researcher at the Alexandre Koyré Centre for the History of Science and Technology, France. Her research specialises in the interrelations between nineteenth-century literature, medicine and science.

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“Talairach takes readers on a fascinating tour of the playful inversions of species hierarchies and taxonomic practices to be found in children's literature and nonsense verse. From menageries and museums, through to periodical literature for the young, this book explores the various ways in which the animal/human divide is both reinforced and challenged, creating for readers a new cabinet of curiosities.” (Sally Shuttleworth, Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford, UK)
“This book is a meticulously researched and chronicled study of the role played by zoos and museums in nineteenth-century children’s literature and culture. Victorian delight in the new, the old and the bizarre is amply displayed in Talairach’s study. Whether caged, taxidermied, catalogued, reconstituted or fabricated, animals served as a domain of knowledge, an opportunity for whimsy and a simulacrum of Empire.” (Naomi J. Wood, Professor of English, Kansas State University, USA)



Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animals, Museum Culture and Children’s Literature in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Book Subtitle
Curious Beasties
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-72527-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-72527-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-72526-6
Series ISSN
2634-6338
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 309
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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