Kindred Brutes : animals in Romantic-period writing

Christine Kenyon-Jones

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. 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-18th and early-19th 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. "Kindred Brutes" constitutes a genuinely original and substantial contribution both to Romantic-period writing and to general debates about animals and the body.

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[目次]

  • 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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書名 Kindred Brutes : animals in Romantic-period writing
著作者等 Kenyon-Jones, Christine
シリーズ名 Nineteenth century series
出版元 Ashgate
刊行年月 c2001
ページ数 229 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780754603320
NCID BA52717023
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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