Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture: Contexts for by Laurence W. Mazzeno, Ronald D. Morrison

By Laurence W. Mazzeno, Ronald D. Morrison

This assortment comprises twelve provocative essays from a various staff of overseas students, who make the most of a number interdisciplinary methods to investigate “real” and “representational” animals that stand out as culturally major to Victorian literature and tradition. Essays concentrate on quite a lot of canonical and non-canonical Victorian writers, together with Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Anna Sewell, Emily Bronte, James Thomson, Christina Rossetti, and Richard Marsh, they usually specialize in a various array of kinds: fiction, poetry, journalism, and letters. those essays ponder a variety of cultural attitudes and literary remedies of animals within the Victorian Age, together with the improvement of the animal safety move, the importation of animals from the increasing Empire, the acclimatization of British animals in different nations, and the issues linked to expanding puppy possession.  The assortment additionally contains an advent co-written by way of the editors and proposals for additional examine, and may end up of curiosity to students and scholars around the a number of disciplines which include Animal Studies. 

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He also gave a dramatic account of the fever and ague that nearly cost him his life. ” He related that no medicine or medical man was obtainable, so the “Spaniards [warning him that a white man who attempted to proceed with fever had died earlier] advised me to return to Belize” (Letterbooks). Seven days later a padre finally gave him some medicine. Similarly Whitfield, fearing Lord Derby might think him negligent, clarified that he was ill in Sierra Leone, and that was why he was delayed in getting in touch.

He informed Lord Derby, on May 8, 1844, that he intended again to solicit the man’s “good offices which I know will kindly be given and were valuable both from his knowledge and his influence over the Indians” (Tin Trunk). Following a similar principle, Blyth wrote to Lord Derby that he was going to approach Captain Hutton, for in spite of his eccentricity and his readiness to take offense, the captain was his only chance of procuring various animals and birds from the Northwestern region of the Himalaya (Tin Trunk).

Moreover, in certain areas of Africa it was not easy to circumvent a deeply rooted assumption on the part of local peoples that a foreign agent was supposed to take or to purchase any wild animal or bird from a person who had taken the trouble to catch it. On October 4, 1843 a frustrated Whitfield explained to Lord Derby that the natives believe that if “they have taken the trouble to catch your animal, you must buy it, or they will cease to work” (Letterbooks). The result was that agents unwillingly and occasionally had to carry away inferior specimens or more animals or birds than they or their patron desired.

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