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The Political Lives of Victorian Animals


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Introduction: the political lives of Victorian animals; Part I. Anti-Cruelty Legislation and Animal Welfare: 1. The government of animals: anti-cruelty legislation and the making of liberal creatures; 2. The incessant care of the Victorian shepherd: animal welfare's pastoral power; Part II. Democracy, Education, and Alternative Subjectivity: 3. 'Tame submission to injustice is unworthy of a Raven': Charles Dickens's animal character; 4. Alice in Wonderland's animal pedagogy: democracy and alternative subjectivity in mid-Victorian liberal education; Part III. The Biopolitics of Animal Capital: 5. Animal capital and the lives of sheep: Thomas Hardy's biopolitical realism; 6. The political lives of animals in Victorian Empire: Oliver Schreiner's anti-colonial animal politics.

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Examines how liberal thought influenced representations of animals within nineteenth-century animal welfare discourse and the Victorian novel.

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Anna Feuerstein is Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa.


'This well-written, theoretically sophisticated study makes a major contribution to the growing body of critical treatments of animals in Victorian literature and culture.' R. D. Morrison, Choice

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