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Introduction

  • Laurence W. MazzenoEmail author
  • Ronald D. Morrison
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)

Abstract

The twelve chapters in Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture examine ways in which animals figured in Victorian literature and culture. Nearly all might be described as historicist, as contributors attempt to recover shifting and complex contexts in which Victorians addressed the subject of animals through a wide range of written forms. Some scholars depend on traditional biographical and historical scholarship, while others rely upon emerging theoretical positions. Summaries of the twelve chapters reveal the inadequacy of simplistic taxonomies for describing how animals affected Victorians’ lives and foreground the tensions that exist in contemporary Animal Studies between analytic and activist approaches to the field. The collection also points to areas for further study.

Keywords

Animal studies Victorian culture Victorian literature 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Alvernia UniversityReadingUSA
  2. 2.English DepartmentMorehead State UniversityMoreheadUSA

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