Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century British Culture: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-11-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Combining historical and interpretive work, this collection examines changing perceptions of and relations between human and nonhuman animals in Britain over the long eighteenth 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments ix
List of Contributors
Introduction: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics 1(12)
Frank Palmeri
Gross Metempsychosis 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
Bibliography 201(14)
Index 215

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