1st Edition

Reading Literary Animals Medieval to Modern

Edited By Karen L. Edwards, Derek Ryan, Jane Spencer Copyright 2020
    302 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 distinctively literary animal studies.



    Karen L. Edwards, Derek Ryan, Jane Spencer
    Part I Testing Metaphor
    1. Entities in the World: Intertextuality in Medieval Bestiaries and Fables
    Carolynn Van Dyke

    2. Una’s ‘Milkewhite Lambe’
    Karen L. Edwards

    3. Behn’s Beasts: Aesop’s Fables and Surinam’s Wildlife in Oroonoko
    Jane Spencer


    Part II Plotting Agency
    4. Shakespeare’s Animal Parts
    Philip Armstrong

    5. Exit Pursuing a Human: Performing Animals on the Early Modern Stage
    Andy Kesson  

    6. Collaborative Agency: Animals in Hardy’s Rural Novels
    Virginia Richter


    Part III Inscribing Voice
    7. Counting Animals: Nonhuman Voices in Lear and Carroll
    Kaori Nagai

    8. ‘What am I?’: Locating the Indeterminate Voices of Ted Hughes’s Animal Poems
    Carrie Smith

    9. "Thou, Spotted Eros": Love Poetry, Taxonomy, and the Erotics of Adamic Naming
    Matthew Margini

    Part IV Exploiting Bodies
    10. The Hunting of the Hare: Female Virtue and Companionate Marriage in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones
    Adela Ramos

    11. "Filth and Fat and Blood and Foam": Animal Capital, Commodified Meat, and the "Human" in Great Expectations
    Jennifer McDonell

    12. Fiction, Fashion, and the Victorian Fur Seal Hunt
    John Miller

    Part V Loving Dogs
    13. Animal Intimacies: Cross-Species Affect and the Lapdog Lyric
    Laura Brown

    14. Anthropomorphism, Personification and Humanization in William Wordsworth’s Dog Poems
    James P. Carson

    15. "Was it Flush, or was it Pan?": Virginia Woolf, Ethel Smyth, and Canine Biography
    Derek Ryan


    Karen L. Edwards is Professor of English at the University of Exeter, UK.

    Derek Ryan is Senior Lecturer in Modernist Literature at the University of Kent, UK.

    Jane Spencer is Professor of English at the University of Exeter, UK.