Humans and other animals in eighteenth-century British culture :  representation, hybridity, ethics

Title

Humans and other animals in eighteenth-century British culture : representation, hybridity, ethics

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Description

Edited by Frank Palmieri.

Includes a chapter by College at Brockport faculty member Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds: Animal, vegetable, mineral: the play of species in Pynchon's Mason & Dixon.

The essays in this collection focus on issues raised by the representation of animals and animal-human relations in Britain from 1660-1832. Most of the essays are by literary scholars, and analysis of literary, philosophical, and popular texts play a role in all of them. Combining historical and interpretive work, this collection examines changing perceptions of and relations between human and nonhuman animals in Britain over the long 18th century. Persistent questions concern modes of representing animals and animal-human hybrids, as well as the ethical issues raised by the human uses of other animals. From the animal men of Thomas Rowlandson to the part animal-part human creature of Victor Frankenstein, hybridity serves less as a metaphor than as a metonym for the intersections of humans and other animals. The contributors address such recurring questions as the implications of the Enlightenment project of naming and classifying animals, the equating of non-European races and nonhuman animals in early ethnographic texts, and the desire to distinguish the purely human from the entirely nonhuman animal. "Gulliver's Travels" and works by Mary and Percy Shelley emerge as key texts for this study. The volume will be of interest to scholars and students who work in animal, colonial, gender, and cultural studies and will appeal to general readers concerned with the representation of animals and their treatment by humans.

ISBN

0754654753

Publication Date

2006

Publication Information

Aldershot, England ; Brulington, VT : Ashgate, 2006.

xi, 217 p., [14] leaves of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.

Disciplines

English Language and Literature

Department

English

Comments

Located in Drake Library at: PR448.A55 H86 2006

CONTENTS: Introduction: Representation, hybridity, ethics / Frank Palmeri -- Gross metampsychosis and Eastern soul / Chi-ming Yang -- The lady and the lapdog: mixed ethnicity in Constantinople, fashionable pets in Britain / Theresa Braunschneider -- Gulliver's travels and studies of skin color in the royal society / Cristina Malcolmson -- Gulliver the Houyahoo: Swift, Locke, and the ethics of excessive individualism / Allen Michie -- The autocritique of fables / Frank Palmeri -- Animal nomenclature: facing other animals / Richard Nash -- Man's animal nature: science, art, and satire in Thomas Rowlandson's "Studies in comparative anatomy" / Arline Meyer -- "Listen to me": Frankenstein as an appeal to mercy and justice, on behalf of the persecuted animals / Stephanie Rowe -- Shelley's great chain of being: from "blind worms" to "new-fledged eagles" / Lisbeth Chapin -- Gulliver and the lives of animals / Jonathan Lamb -- Animal, vegetable, mineral: the play of species in Pynchon's Mason & Dixon / Elizabeth Jane Wall Hinds.