9780674037076-0674037073-The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age

The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age

ISBN-13: 9780674037076
ISBN-10: 0674037073
Author: Ritvo, Harriet
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 368 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780674037076
ISBN-10: 0674037073
Author: Ritvo, Harriet
Publication date: 1989
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Format: Paperback 368 pages

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Acknowledged authors Ritvo, Harriet wrote The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age comprising 368 pages back in 1989. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0674037073 and 9780674037076. Since then The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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When we think about the Victorian age, we usually envision people together with animals: the Queen and her pugs, the sportsman with horses and hounds, the big game hunter with his wild kill, the gentleman farmer with a prize bull. Harriet Ritvo here gives us a vivid picture of how animals figured in English thinking during the nineteenth century and, by extension, how they served as metaphors for human psychological needs and sociopolitical aspirations.

Victorian England was a period of burgeoning scientific cattle breeding and newly fashionable dog shows; an age of Empire and big game hunting; an era of reform and reformers that saw the birth of the Royal SPCA. Ritvo examines Victorian thinking about animals in the context of other lines of thought: evolution, class structure, popular science and natural history, imperial domination. The papers and publications of people and organizations concerned with agricultural breeding, veterinary medicine, the world of pets, vivisection and other humane causes, zoos, hunting at home and abroad, all reveal underlying assumptions and deeply held convictions―for example, about Britain’s imperial enterprise, social discipline, and the hierarchy of orders, in nature and in human society.

Thus this book contributes a new new topic of inquiry to Victorian studies; its combination of rhetorical analysis with more conventional methods of historical research offers a novel perspective on Victorian culture. And because nineteenth-century attitudes and practices were often the ancestors of contemporary ones, this perspective can also inform modern debates about human–animal interactions.

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