Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel

Author:   Ivan Kreilkamp (Indiana University)
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
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Pages:   240
Publication Date:   08 January 2019
Format:   Paperback
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Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel


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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 Bront s 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.

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Author:   Ivan Kreilkamp (Indiana University)
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Dimensions:   Width: 36.80cm , Height: 1.00cm , Length: 22.10cm
Weight:   0.318kg
ISBN:  

9780226576374


ISBN 10:   022657637
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   08 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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In lucid prose, via a series of always compelling and often luminous readings, Kreilkamp demonstrates the indispensability of animals to the work of Victorian realist fiction. --Cannon Schmitt, University of Toronto


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Ivan Kreilkamp is associate professor of English at Indiana University Bloomington.

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