The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age
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Before we had Millenials to pick on, there were the Victorians POL Before we had Millennials to pick on, there were the Victorians. Whether it be the proliferation of pornography or the hysteria surrounding diseases and their control, the Victorians have always availed themselves as a congenial target for social historians. This book takes a fun Foucauldian swipe at their antics pertaining specifically to their changing relationship with animals, and those who owned them. This was quite the popular book when it first came out in t. Animals in Victorian England Interesting. Shows how class prejudice drives the animal protection movement. I also liked the evolution of cat and dog pure breeds. As a collector of Victorian hunting books I appreciated this work.
But the material presented here with impressive lucidity and control should interest virtually any reader. (Animals)This is a remarkable book about how, in a uniquely exploitative age, animals became surrogates for human aspirations. Ritvo is not content with theoretical interpretation of human-animal interaction; she examines the attitudes of the people who actually had animals in their charge: pet owners, farmers, sportsmen, zoologists. The brilliance of Ritvo's book, my favorite for 1987lies in the particular examples that she has chosen to illustrate the institutional bonds of humans with other animalsShe tells so many wonderful stories. It is a book of extraordinary timeliness. (Vicki Hearne New York Times Book Review)An unusual social history of Vict
. Conner Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Harriet Ritvo is Arthur J
This volume examines Victorian thinking about animals in the context of other lines of thought: evolution, class structure, popular science and natural history, and imperial domination. The papers and publications of people and organizations concerned with agricultural breeding, veterinary medicine, the world of pets, vivisection and other humane causes, zoos, hunting at home and abroad, all reveal underlying assumptions and deeply held convictions - for example, about Britain's imperial enterprise, social discipline, and the hierarchy of orders, in nature and in human society. Victorian England has been seen as a period of burgeoning scientific cattle breeding and newly fashionable dog shows; the age of Empire and big game hunting; and an era of reform and reformers that saw the birth of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Harriet Ritvo provides a picture of how animals figured in English thinking during the 19th century and, by extension, how they served as metaphors for human psychological needs and sociopolitical aspirations. The text seeks to contribute a further topic of inquiry into Victorian studies; its combination of rh