Reading Literary Animals: Medieval to Modern

1st Edition

Karen Edwards, Derek Ryan, Jane Spencer

Routledge
September 18, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 280 Pages - 5 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138093850 - CAT# Y335683
Series: Perspectives on the Non-Human in Literature and Culture

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Summary

Reading Literary Animals explores the status and representation of animals in literature from the Middle Ages to the present day. Essays by leading scholars in the field examine various figurative, agential, imaginative, ethical, and affective aspects of literary encounters with animality, showing how practices of close reading provoke new ways of thinking about animals and the texts in which they appear. Through investigations of works by Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, William Wordsworth, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and Ted Hughes, among many others, Reading Literary Animals demonstrates the value of a distinctively literary animal studies.

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