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Minor Creatures : Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel / Ivan Kreilkamp.

Author/Creator:
Kreilkamp, Ivan author.
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (240 pages) : 6 halftones
Series:
Animal Lives
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Animals in literature.
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Human-animal relationships in literature.
Pets in literature.
Local subjects:
England. (search)
Victorian fiction. (search)
animals. (search)
anthropocentrism. (search)
domestic. (search)
domestication. (search)
pets. (search)
the novel. (search)
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In the nineteenth century, richly-drawn social fiction became one of England's major cultural exports. At the same time, a surprising companion came to stand alongside the novel as a key embodiment of British identity: the domesticated pet. In works by authors from the Brontèˆs to Eliot, from Dickens to Hardy, animals appeared as markers of domestic coziness and familial kindness. Yet for all their supposed significance, the animals in nineteenth-century fiction were never granted the same fullness of character or consciousness as their human masters: they remain secondary figures. Minor Creatures re-examines a slew of literary classics to show how Victorian notions of domesticity, sympathy, and individuality were shaped in response to the burgeoning pet class. The presence of beloved animals in the home led to a number of welfare-minded political movements, inspired in part by the Darwinian thought that began to sprout at the time. Nineteenth-century animals may not have been the heroes of their own lives but, as Kreilkamp shows, the history of domestic pets deeply influenced the history of the English novel.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Chapter One. Home, Animal, Novel
Chapter Two. Petted Things: Cruelty and Sympathy in the Brontèˆs
Chapter Three. Dying like a Dog in Dickens
Chapter Four. Middlemarch's Brute Life
Chapter Five. Using and Pitying Animals in Thomas Hardy
Chapter Six. Tracking Animal Agency in Conan Doyle and Hardy
Chapter Seven. "Infinite Compassion": Nonhuman Life in Schreiner's The Story of an African Farm
Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 22. Okt 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226576404
OCLC:
1053888333
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226576404 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.