Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture

Contexts for Criticism

  • Laurence W.  Mazzeno
  • Ronald D. Morrison

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Laurence W. Mazzeno, Ronald D. Morrison
    Pages 1-17
  3. Animals in the Victorians’ World

  4. Animals in the Victorians’ Literature

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 269-289

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. 


Animal Studies Animal Autobiography Darwinism Emily Bronte Robert Browning Christina Rossetti Genre

Editors and affiliations

  • Laurence W.  Mazzeno
    • 1
  • Ronald D. Morrison
    • 2
  1. 1.Alvernia UniversityReadingUSA
  2. 2.English DepartmentMorehead State UniversityMoreheadUSA

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