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Kindred Brutes: Animals in Romantic-Period Writing

Series: Nineteenth Century Studies Series

By: Christine Kenyon-Jones

238 pages, 10 b&w illustrations

Ashgate Publishing Limited

Hardback | Aug 2001 | #153755 | ISBN: 0754603326
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About this book

Exploring the significance of animals in Romantic-period writing, this new study shows how in this period they were seen as both newly different from humankind (subjects in their own right, rather than simply humanity's tools or adjuncts) and also as newly similar, with the ability to feel and perhaps to think like human beings.

Approaches to animals are reviewed in a wide range of the period's literary work (in particular, that of Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Southey, Clare and Blake). Poetry and other literary work are discussed in relation to discourses about animals in various contemporary cultural contexts, including children's books, parliamentary debates, vegetarian theses, encyclopaedias and early theories about evolution. The study introduces animals to the discussions about ecocriticism and environmentalism in Romantic-period writing by complicating the concept of 'Nature', and it also contributes to the debates about politics and the body in this period. It demonstrates the rich variety of thinking about animals in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and it challenges the exclusion of literary writing from some recent multi-disciplinary debates about animals, by exploring the literary roots of many metaphors about and attitudes to animals in our current thinking.


Contents

Introduction - "animals are good to think with"; animals dead and alive - pets, poetry and politics in the romantic period; children's animals - Locke, Rousseau, Coleridge and the instruction/imagination debate; political animals - bull-baiting and Childe Harold I; animals as food - Shelley, Byron and the ideology of eating; animals and nature - beasts, birds and Wordsworth's ecological credentials; evolutionary animals - science and imagination between the Darwins; in conclusion - animals then and now.

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