Beastly London

In Beastly London, Hannah Velten uses a wide range of primary sources to explore the complex and changing relationship between Londoners of all classes and their animal neighbors.

Author: Hannah Velten

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780232171

Category: History

Page: 272

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Horse-drawn cabs rattling down muddy roads, cattle herded through the streets to the Smithfield meat market for slaughter, roosters crowing at the break of dawn—London was once filled with a cacophony of animal noises (and smells). But over the last thirty years, the city seems to have banished animals from its streets. In Beastly London, Hannah Velten uses a wide range of primary sources to explore the complex and changing relationship between Londoners of all classes and their animal neighbors. Velten travels back in history to describe a time when Londoners shared their homes with pets and livestock—along with a variety of other pests, vermin, and bedbugs; Londoners imported beasts from all corners of the globe for display in their homes, zoos, and parks; and ponies flying in hot air balloons and dancing fleas were considered entertainment. As she shows, London transformed from a city with a mainly exploitative relationship with animals to the birthplace of animal welfare societies and animal rights’ campaigns. Packed with over one hundred illustrations, Beastly London is a revealing look at how animals have been central to the city’s success.

Beastly Possessions

“'Erebus and Terror' By J.W. Bottomley,” Illustrated London News, 8 February 1873. See, for example, “The St. Bernard Show,” Illustrated London News, 10 November 1883. See also Kete, The Beast in the Boudoir, 71–3.

Author: Sarah Amato

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781442648746

Category: History

Page: 306

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In Beastly Possessions, Sarah Amato chronicles the unusual ways in which Victorians of every social class brought animals into their daily lives. Captured, bred, exhibited, collected, and sold, ordinary pets and exotic creatures – as well as their representations – became commodities within Victorian Britain's flourishing consumer culture. As a pet, an animal could be a companion, a living parlour decoration, and proof of a household's social and moral status. In the zoo, it could become a public pet, an object of curiosity, a symbol of empire, or even a consumer mascot. Either kind of animal might be painted, photographed, or stuffed as a taxidermic specimen. Using evidence ranging from pet-keeping manuals and scientific treatises to novels, guidebooks, and ephemera, this fascinating, well-illustrated study opens a window into an underexplored aspect of life in Victorian Britain.

Beastly Journeys

9 Margaret Harkness (as John Law), In Darkest London [1889 as Captain Lobe: A Story of the Salvation Army], quoted in Fishman, East End 1888, p.152. 10 Fishman, East End 1888, p.110. 11 Anne Humpherys, 'Knowing the Victorian City: ...

Author: Tim Youngs

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9781781385524

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 225

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Bats, beetles, wolves, butterflies, bulls, panthers, apes, leopards and spiders are among the countless creatures that crowd the pages of literature of the late nineteenth century. Whether in Gothic novels, science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, journalism, political discourse, realism or naturalism, the line between the human and the animal becomes blurred. Beastly Journeys examines these bestial transformations across a range of well-known and less familiar texts and shows how they are provoked not only by the mutations of Darwinism but by social and economic shifts that have been lost in retellings and readings of them. The physical alterations described by George Gissing, George MacDonald, Arthur Machen, Arthur Morrison, W.T. Stead, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, and many of their contemporaries, are responses to changes in the social body as Britain underwent a series of social and economic crises. Metaphors of travel social, spatial, temporal, mythical and psychological keep these stories on the move, confusing literary genres along with the indeterminacy of physical shape that they relate. Beastly Journeys will appeal to anyone interested in the relationship between nineteenth-century literature and its contexts and especially to those interested in the fin de siècle and in metaphors of travel, animals and shape-changing.

Animal Spaces Beastly Places

Agee, J. and Evans, W. (1 965) Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, London: Peter Owen. Baker, S. (1993) Picturing the Beast: Animals, Identity and Representation, Manchester: Manchester University Press. Bannet, E.(1989) Structuralism and the ...

Author: Chris Philo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134640119

Category: Science

Page: 336

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Animal Spaces, Beastly Places examines how animals interact and relate with people in different ways. Using a comprehensive range of examples, which include feral cats and wild wolves, to domestic animals and intensively farmed cattle, the contributors explore the complex relations in which humans and non-human animals are mixed together. Our emotions involving animals range from those of love and compassion to untold cruelty, force, violence and power. As humans we have placed different animals into different categories, according to some notion of species, usefulness, domesticity or wildness. As a result of these varying and often contested orderings, animals are assigned to particular places and spaces. Animal Spaces, Beastly Places shows us that there are many exceptions and variations on the spatiality of human-animal spatial orderings, within and across cultures, and over time. It develops new ways of thinking about human animal interactions and encourages us to find better ways for humans and animals to live together.

The Birth of the English Kitchen 1600 1850

M. Lavalette (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1999), 76–100. Cited in Caffyn, Workers' Housing, 13; see also Weatherill, ed., Latham Accounts, xxiv. Hannah Velten, Beastly London: A History of Animals ...

Author: Sara Pennell

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781441166975

Category: History

Page: 272

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Tracing the emergence of the domestic kitchen from the 17th to the middle of the 19th century, Sara Pennell explores how the English kitchen became a space of specialised activity, sociability and strife. Drawing upon texts, images, surviving structures and objects, The Birth of the English Kitchen, 1600-1850 opens up the early modern English kitchen as an important historical site in the construction of domestic relations between husband and wife, masters, mistresses and servants and householders and outsiders; and as a crucial resource in contemporary heritage landscapes.


On bull and bear baiting, most of this is cobbled together from vivid contemporary and near-contemporary eyewitness accounts but see also Martin Holmes, Elizabethan London (1969); Hannah Velten, Beastly London: A History of Animals in ...

Author: Matthew Green

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9781405919135

Category: History

Page: 528

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Step back in time and discover the sights, sounds and smells of London through the ages in this enthralling journey into the capital's rich, teeming and occasionally hazardous past. Let time traveller Dr Matthew Green be your guide to six extraordinary periods in London's history - the ages of Shakespeare, medieval city life, plague, coffee houses, the reign of Victoria and the Blitz. We'll turn back the clock to the time of Shakespeare and visit a savage bull and bear baiting arena on the Bankside. In medieval London, we'll circle the walls as the city lies barricaded under curfew, while spinning further forward in time we'll inhale the 'holy herb' in an early tobacco house, before peering into an open plague pit. In the 18th century, we'll navigate the streets in style with a ride on a sedan chair, and when we land in Victorian London, we'll take a tour of freak-show booths and meet the Elephant Man. You'll meet pornographers and traitors, actors and apothecaries, the mad, bad and dangerous to know, all desperate to show you the thrilling and vibrant history of the world's liveliest city.

Beastly Natures

(London, 1639), bk. 1, sig. C2v. 52. Thomas Tryon, The Country-Mans Companion (London, ca. 1683), 2–3. 53. Ibid., 3; Thomas Bedingfield, TheArt ofRiding (London, 1586), 96–98. 54. Lawrence, A Philosophical and Practical Treatise, bk.1, ...

Author: Dorothee Brantz

Publisher: University of Virginia Press

ISBN: 9780813929477

Category: History

Page: 296

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"This new collection is a thoughtful menagerie. The essays collected here offer a fresh way of looking at animals in their context, and give us a whole new way of doing natural history. The boundaries between humans and animals are provocatively redrawn."---Stephen T. Asma, Columbia College, author of Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums Although the animal may be, as Nietzsche argued, ahistorical, living completely in the present, it nonetheless plays a crucial role in human history. The fascination with animals that leads not only to a desire to observe and even live alongside them, but to capture or kill them, is found in all civilizations. The essays collected in Beastly Natures show how animals have been brought into human culture, literally helping to build our societies (as domesticated animals have done) or contributing, often in problematic ways, to our concept of the wild. The book begins with a group of essays that approach the historical relevance of human-animal relations seen from the perspectives of various disciplines and suggest ways in which animals might be brought into formal studies of history. Differences in species and location can greatly affect the shape of human-animal interaction, and so the essays that follow address a wide spectrum of topics, including the demanding fate of the working horse, the complex image of the American alligator (at turns a dangerous predator and a tourist attraction), the zoo gardens of Victorian England, the iconography of the rhinoceros and the preference it reveals in society for myth over science, relations between humans and wolves in Europe, and what we can learn from society's enthusiasm for "political" animals, such as the pets of the American presidents and the Soviet Union's "space dogs." Taken together, these essays suggest new ways of looking not only at animals but at human history.

Beastly Questions

Hollimon, S.E. (2001),'The Gendered Peopling of North America: Addressing the Antiquity of Systems of Multiple Genders', in N. Price (ed.), The Archaeology of Shamanism, London: Routledge. Holloway, R.R. (1994), The Archaeology ofEarly ...

Author: Naomi Sykes

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472514943

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Zooarchaeology, or the study of ancient animals, is a frequently side-lined subject in archaeology. This is bizarre given that the archaeological record is composed largely of debris from human–animal relationships (be they in the form of animal bones, individual artifacts or entire landscapes) and that many disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, and geography, recognise human–animal interactions as a key source of information for understanding cultural ideology. By integrating knowledge from archaeological remains with evidence from texts, iconography, social anthropology and cultural geography, Beastly Questions: Animal Answers to Archaeological Issues seeks to encourage archaeological students, researchers and those working in the commercial sector to offer more engaging interpretations of the evidence at their disposal. Going beyond the simple confines of 'what people ate', this accessible but in-depth study covers a variety of high-profile topics in European archaeology and provides novel interpretations of mainstream archaeological questions. This includes cultural responses to wild animals, the domestication of animals and its implications on human daily practice, experience and ideology, the transportation of species and the value of incorporating animals into landscape research, the importance of the study of foodways for understanding past societies and how animal studies can help us to comprehend issues of human identity and ideology: past, present and future.

Beastly Blake

E.V. Lucas. 3 vols. London: Dent. Lewis, Jayne. 1996. The English Fable: Aesop and Literary Culture, 1651–1740. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Locke, John. [1693] 1964. Some Thoughts Concerning Education. London: F. W. Garforth.

Author: Helen P. Bruder

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319897882

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 298

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Blake’s ‘Human Form Divine’ has long commanded the spotlight. Beastly Blake shifts focus to the non-human creatures who populate Blake’s poetry and designs. The author of ‘The Tyger’ and ‘The Lamb’ was equally struck by the ‘beastliness’ and the beauty of the animal kingdom, the utter otherness of animal subjectivity and the meaningful relationships between humans and other creatures. ‘Conversing with the Animal forms of wisdom night & day’, Blake fathomed how much they have to teach us about creation and eternity. This collection ranges from real animals in Blake’s surroundings, to symbolic creatures in his mythology, to animal presences in his illustrations of Virgil, Dante, Hayley, and Stedman. It makes a third to follow Queer Blake and Sexy Blake in irreverently illuminating blind spots in Blake criticism. Beastly Blake will reward lovers of Blake’s writing and visual art, as well as those interested in Romanticism and animal studies.

Author Under Sail

London must have been nodding his head (besides marking a bar in the margin) when he read in Genealogy, “This is the very sense of all civilization: to change and rear the beast of prey of 'man' into a tame and civilized animal, ...

Author: Jay Williams

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9781496223029

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 804

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In this second volume of Author Under Sail Jay Williams investigates the life of Jack London as a professional writer at the turn of the 1900s, as his publications spanned The Call of the Wild to The Iron Heel and The Road. While documenting key life events, especially his rising fame, this biography explores London's necessity to illustrate the inner workings of his own vast imagination through his socialist essays and fiction.

Breaking and Shaping Beastly Bodies

In D. Hassig , ( ed . ) The Mark of The Beast . London , Routledge . Bunt , C. G. E. ( 1930 ) The lion and the unicorn . Antiquity 4 , 425–37 . Buczacki , S. ( 2002 ) Fauna Britannica . London , Hamlyn . Burnie , D. ( 2001 ) Animal .

Author: Aleksander Pluskowski

Publisher: Oxbow Books Limited

ISBN: STANFORD:36105124022596

Category: History

Page: 239

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An important human trait is our inclination to develop complex relationships with numerous other species. In the great majority of cases however, these mutualistic relationships involve a pair of species, whose co-evolution has been achieved through behavioural adaptation driving positive selection pressures. Humans go a step further, opportunistically and, it sometimes seems, almost arbitrarily elaborating relationships with many other species, whether through domestication, pet-keeping, taming for menageries, deifying, pest-control, conserving iconic species, or recruiting as mascots. When we consider medieval attitudes to animals we are tackling a fundamentally human, and distinctly idiosyncratic, behavioural trait. The sixteen papers presented here investigate animals from zoological, anthropological, artistic and economic perspectives, within the context of the medieval world.

A Cat s Tale

London: William Rider and Son, 1913. Stephens, John Richard and Kim Smith (editors). ... Rochester, New York: University of Rochester Press, 2002. Kete, Kathleen. The Beast in ... Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City.

Author: Dr. Paul Koudounaris

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

ISBN: 9781250217714

Category: History

Page: 208

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"Fun, fanciful, and even informative." —People The first comprehensive history of felines—from the laps of pagan gods to present-day status as meme stars—as revealed by a very learned tabby with a knack for hunting down facts Since the dawn of civilization, felines have prowled alongside mankind as they expanded their territory and spread the myth of human greatness. And today, cats are peddled on social media as silly creatures here to amuse humans with their antics. But this is an absurd, self-centered fantasy. The true history of felines is one of heroism, love, tragedy, sacrifice, and gravitas. Not entirely convinced? Well, get ready, because Baba the Cat is here to set the record straight. Spanning almost every continent and thousands—yes, thousands—of years, Baba’s complex story of feline survival presents readers with a diverse cast of cats long forgotten: from her prehistoric feline ancestors and the ancient Egyptian cat goddess Bastet to the daring mariners at the height of oceanic discovery, key intellectuals in the Enlightenment period, revered heroes from World Wars I and II, and the infamous American tabbies. Baba, a talented model in addition to a scholar, goes beyond surface-level scratches, pairing her freshly unearthed research with a series of stunning costume portraits to bring history to life. A paws-on journey through the feline hall of fame, with in-depth research and four-legged testaments that will make you rethink who defines history, A Cat’s Tale is a one-of-a-kind chronicle that introduces readers to the illustrious ancestors of their closest companions and shows, once and for all, that cats know exactly what they’re doing.

Art for Animals

London: Thames and Hudson, 1993. Trist, Sidney, ed. The Under Dog. ... Reckoning with the Beast: Animals, Pain, and Humanity in the Victorian Mind. ... Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City. London: Reaktion Books, 2013.

Author: J. Keri Cronin

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 9780271081618

Category: History

Page: 264

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Animal rights activists today regularly use visual imagery in their efforts to shape the public’s understanding of what it means to be “kind,” “cruel,” and “inhumane” toward animals. Art for Animals explores the early history of this form of advocacy through the images and the people who harnessed their power. Following in the footsteps of earlier-formed organizations like the RSPCA and ASPCA, animal advocacy groups such as the Victoria Street Society for the Protection of Animals from Vivisection made significant use of visual art in literature and campaign materials. But, enabled by new and improved technologies and techniques, they took the imagery much further than their predecessors did, turning toward vivid, pointed, and at times graphic depictions of human-animal interactions. Keri Cronin explains why the activist community embraced this approach, details how the use of such tools played a critical role in educational and reform movements in the United States, Canada, and England, and traces their impact in public and private spaces. Far from being peripheral illustrations of points articulated in written texts or argued in impassioned speeches, these photographs, prints, paintings, exhibitions, “magic lantern” slides, and films were key components of animal advocacy at the time, both educating the general public and creating a sense of shared identity among the reformers. Uniquely focused on imagery from the early days of the animal rights movement and filled with striking visuals, Art for Animals sheds new light on the history and development of modern animal advocacy.


27 28 31 Treatments: Vertical Space and Waste in Nineteenth- Century Paris and London,” in Cohen and Johnson, Filth, 51–77. ... 1993), 3; Hannah Velton, Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City (London: Reaktion, 2013), 74–75; ...

Author: Chris Pearson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226797045

Category: History

Page: 248

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Dogopolis suggests a surprising source of urban innovation in the history of three major cities: human-canine relationships. Stroll through any American or European city today and you probably won’t get far before seeing a dog being taken for a walk. It’s expected that these domesticated animals can easily navigate sidewalks, streets, and other foundational elements of our built environment. But what if our cities were actually shaped in response to dogs more than we ever realized? Chris Pearson’s Dogopolis boldly and convincingly asserts that human-canine relations were a crucial factor in the formation of modern urban living. Focusing on New York, London, and Paris from the early nineteenth century into the 1930s, Pearson shows that human reactions to dogs significantly remolded them and other contemporary western cities. It’s an unalterable fact that dogs—often filthy, bellicose, and sometimes off-putting—run away, spread rabies, defecate, and breed wherever they like, so as dogs became a more and more common in nineteenth-century middle-class life, cities had to respond to people’s fear of them and revulsion at their least desirable traits. The gradual integration of dogs into city life centered on disgust at dirt, fear of crime and vagrancy, and the promotion of humanitarian sentiments. On the other hand, dogs are some people’s most beloved animal companions, and human compassion and affection for pets and strays were equally powerful forces in shaping urban modernity. Dogopolis details the complex interrelations among emotions, sentiment, and the ways we manifest our feelings toward what we love—showing that together they can actually reshape society.

Crooked Cats

Beastly Encounters in the Anthropocene Nayanika Mathur. Srinivasan, amia. 2017. “The Sucker, The Sucker: What's it like to Be an octopus?” London Review of Books 39 (17): 23–25. Srivastava, Sanjay. 1998.

Author: Nayanika Mathur

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226771922

Category: History

Page: 222

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Prologue: Of Two Reigns of Terror -- Introduction: The Beastly Tale of the Leopard of Gopeshwar -- Crooked Becomings -- Murderous Looks -- The Cute Killer -- A Petition to Kill -- The Leopard of Rudraprayag versus Shere Khan -- Big Cats in the City -- Entrapment -- Three Beastly Tales to Conclude.


London: Smith, Elder, 1851. Ruskin, John. The Works of John Ruskin, Vol. 3. ... London: Reeves and Turner, 1880. Shimomura, Kazuko. “Let's Listen to the Voiceless Voice. ... Beastly London. London: Reaktion, 2013. Virgil. The Georgics.

Author: Heidi C. M. Scott

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350053991

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

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Fuel: An Ecocritical History is the first book to chart our changing attitudes to fuel and energy through the literature and culture of the modern era, focusing on the 18th-century to the present. Reading a wide range of writers from Blake, Austen and Dickens to Upton Sinclair and Edward Abbey, Heidi Scott explores how our move from a pre-industrial reliance on biomass and elemental energy sources to our current dependence on the fossil fuels of coal, oil and natural gas have fundamentally shaped human identity and culture. The book's Anthropocene perspective reshapes our view of energy history and climate change, and Fuel looks forward to ways in which we can reimagine our culture away from the fossil fuel paradigm towards a more sustainable energy future driven by renewable, elemental energy.

Of Sex and Faerie further essays on Genre Fiction

Robert Hurley, 1978; New York: Vintage, 1990) Gaiman, Neil, American Gods (London: Headline, 2001; rev.ed., London: Headline ... in The Gorgon and Other Beastly Tales (New York: Daw, 1985) World Fantasy Award, Best Short Fiction, 1983.

Author: John Lennard


ISBN: 9781847601735

Category: Drama

Page: 393

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Taking up where Of Modern Dragons (2007) left off, these essays continue Lennard's investigation of the praxis of serial reading and the best genre fi ction of recent decades, including work by Bill James, Walter Mosley, Lois Mcmaster Bujold, and Ursula K. Le Guin. There are groundbreaking studies of contemporary paranormal romance, and of Hornblower's transition to space, while the fi nal essay deals with the phenomenon and explosive growth of fanfi ction, and with the increasingly empowered status of the reader in a digital world. There is an extensive bibliography of genre and critical work, with eight illustrations.

Animal History in the Modern City

... 2007); Hannah Velten, Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City (London: Reaktion, 2013). 4 Frederick L. Brown, The City is More than Human: An Animal History of Seattle (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016).

Author: Clemens Wischermann

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350054042

Category: Nature

Page: 264

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Animals are increasingly recognized as fit and proper subjects for historians, yet their place in conventional historical narratives remains contested. This volume argues for a history of animals based on the centrality of liminality - the state of being on the threshold, not quite one thing yet not quite another. Since animals stand between nature and culture, wildness and domestication, the countryside and the city, and tradition and modernity, the concept of liminality has a special resonance for historical animal studies. Assembling an impressive cast of contributors, this volume employs liminality as a lens through which to study the social and cultural history of animals in the modern city. It includes a variety of case studies, such as the horse-human relationship in the towns of New Spain, hunting practices in 17th-century France, the birth of the zoo in Germany and the role of the stray dog in the Victorian city, demonstrating the interrelated nature of animal and human histories. Animal History in the Modern City is a vital resource for scholars and students interested in animal studies, urban history and historical geography.

Victorians and Their Animals

Beast on a Leash Brenda Ayres. Lackett, 1865. Accessed May 30, 2017 . Trollope, Anthony. Eustace Diamonds. 1871. Vol. 2. London: Chapman & Hall, 1873.

Author: Brenda Ayers

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429768675

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 212

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This book, Victorians and Their Animals: Beast on a Leash, investigates the notion that British Victorians did see themselves as naturally dominant species over other humans and over animals. They conscientiously, hegemonically were determined to rule those beneath them and the animal within themselves albeit with varying degrees of success and failure. The articles in this collection apply posthuman and other theories, including queer, postcolonialism, deconstruction, and Marxism, in their exploration of Victorian attitudes toward animals. They study the biopolitical relationships between human and nonhuman animals in several key Victorian literary works. Some of this book’s chapters deal with animal ethics and moral aesthetics. Also being studied is the representation of animals in several Victorian novels as narrative devices to signify class status and gender dynamics, either to iterate socially acceptable mores or to satirize hypocrisy or breach of behavior or to voice social protest. All of the chapters analyse the interdependence of people and animals during the nineteenth century.

The Age of the Horse

... T J, 'From Destrier to Danseur: The Role of the Horse in Early Modern French Noble Identity' (University of Southern California, 2007) Velten, H, Beastly London: A History of Animals in the City (London, 2013) Watanabe-O'Kelly, H, ...

Author: Susanna Forrest

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802189516

Category: History

Page: 432

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A “superb” account of the enduring connection between humans and horses—“Full of the sort of details that get edited out of more traditional histories” (The Economist). Fifty-six million years ago, the earliest equid walked the earth—and beginning with the first-known horse-keepers of the Copper Age, the horse has played an integral part in human history. It has sustained us as a source of food, an industrial and agricultural machine, a comrade in arms, a symbol of wealth, power, and the wild. Combining fascinating anthropological detail and incisive personal anecdote, equestrian expert Susanna Forrest draws from an immense range of archival documents as well as literature and art to illustrate how our evolution has coincided with that of horses. In paintings and poems (such as Byron’s famous “Mazeppa”), in theater and classical music (including works by Liszt and Tchaikovsky), representations of the horse have changed over centuries, portraying the crucial impact that we’ve had on each other. Forrest combines this history with her own experience in the field, and travels the world to offer a comprehensive look at the horse in our lives today: from Mongolia where she observes the endangered takhi, to a show-horse performance at the Palace of Versailles; from a polo club in Beijing to Arlington, Virginia, where veterans with PTSD are rehabilitated through interaction with horses. “For the horse-addicted, a book can get no better than this . . . original, cerebral and from the heart.” —The Times (London)