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.
Table of Contents
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
Part II Plotting Agency
4. Shakespeare’s Animal Parts
5. Exit Pursuing a Human: Performing Animals on the Early Modern Stage
6. Collaborative Agency: Animals in Hardy’s Rural Novels
Part III Inscribing Voice
7. Counting Animals: Nonhuman Voices in Lear and Carroll
8. ‘What am I?’: Locating the Indeterminate Voices of Ted Hughes’s Animal Poems
9. "Thou, Spotted Eros": Love Poetry, Taxonomy, and the Erotics of Adamic Naming
Part IV Exploiting Bodies
10. The Hunting of the Hare: Female Virtue and Companionate Marriage in Henry Fielding’s Joseph Andrews and Tom Jones
11. "Filth and Fat and Blood and Foam": Animal Capital, Commodified Meat, and the "Human" in Great Expectations
12. Fiction, Fashion, and the Victorian Fur Seal Hunt
Part V Loving Dogs
13. Animal Intimacies: Cross-Species Affect and the Lapdog Lyric
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
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.