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Cambridge Studies in Romanticism : Romanticism and Animal Rights Series Number 58 - David Perkins

Cambridge Studies in Romanticism

Romanticism and Animal Rights Series Number 58


Published: 20th December 2007
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In England in the second half of the eighteenth century an unprecedented amount of writing urged kindness to animals. This theme was carried in many genres, from sermons to encyclopedias, from scientific works to literature for children, and in the poetry of Cowper, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Clare and others. Romanticism and Animal Rights discusses the arguments writers used, and the particular meanings of these arguments in a social and economic context so different from the present. After introductory chapters, the material is divided according to specific practices that particularly influenced feeling or aroused protest: pet keeping, hunting, baiting, working animals, eating them, and the various harms inflicted on wild birds. The book shows how extensively English Romantic writing took up issues of what we now call animal rights. In this respect it joins the growing number of studies that seek precedents or affinities in English Romanticism for our own ecological concerns.

'This is a welcome book ... he not only provides the kind of scholarship that is necessary to inform the more general picture of animal studies, he also leaves plenty of scope for more detailed accounts of particular issues. What is more he does it through in an engagingly frank and clear approach to his reader.' Literature & History
"Perkins is so steeped in the poetry, novels, philosophy, and sermons of the 18th and early 19th centuries--and he writes with such clarity, verve, and commonsense on a subject often befogged by violent passions--that this volume can be recommended with confidence to anyone interested in the long and bitter controversies over animal rights.... [The] concluding biographical essay will be immensely helpful to those interested in pursuing the suprisingly extensive writings on the subject, and the index is a model of its kind. Highly recommended." Choice

In the beginning of animal rights
Grounds of argument
Keeping pets: William Cowper and his hares
Barbarian pleasures: against hunting
Savage amusements of the poor: John Clare's badger sonnets
Work animals, slaves, servants: Coleridge's young ass
The slaughterhouse and the kitchen: Charles Lamb's 'Dissertation upon Roast Pig'
Caged birds and wild
Bibliographical essay
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ISBN: 9780521045988
ISBN-10: 0521045983
Series: Cambridge Studies in Romanticism
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 212
Published: 20th December 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.32