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

By Laurence W. Mazzeno, Ronald D. Morrison

This assortment contains twelve provocative essays from a various staff of foreign students, who make the most of various 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, and so they concentrate on a various array of varieties: 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 gathering additionally comprises an creation co-written via the editors and proposals for extra examine, and may turn out of curiosity to students and scholars around the a number of disciplines which include Animal reviews.

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For a short time he was Curator of the South African Museum and President of the Zoological Society. 8. In a August 2, 1842 letter, Joseph Burke writes: “My Lord . . The main object of a Collector is to satisfy his Patron & to do that a Collector should not go along where . . he has the least doubt that he will succeed” (Letterbooks). 9. On August 29, 1834 Thomas Horsfield (an employee of the East India House) advised Lord Derby, for instance, that he should set up a correspondence with establishments and residences in various Dutch possessions and in that way be in a position to add to his collection of exotic birds (Tin Trunk).

In 1835, at age 16, he began construction of his Marble Palace (completed in 1840). When the Zoological Gardens in Calcutta were set up in 1876, he donated many birds and animals from his personal collection. 11. For a fuller account of the practice and meaning of collecting skins, see Colley 2014. 12. Blyth was aware of the fact that Lord Derby did not require a tiger. In the same letter he wrote that he knows “your Lordship did not require Carnivores” but that he had sent a few, “thinking they would meet with a ready sale in England” (Tin Trunk).

Unfortunately none of his letters to his collectors in the field are present, but occasionally Lord Derby made notes on the letters he received from his agents. 4. For a full description of the menagerie, see Fisher 2002. 5. The 13th Earl of Derby’s interest in natural history was partially indebted to his father’s avid interest in the subject. A thoroughly researched collection of essays on Lord Derby’s interest can be found in Fisher 2002. 6. On November 19, 1844, Whitfield complained: “My Lord, not having heard from your Lordship relative to the Skins etc.

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