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Animal Subjects
Literature, Zoology, and British Modernism

Volume 1

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  • Date Published: October 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428392

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  • Animal Subjects identifies a new understanding of animals in modernist literature and science. Drawing on Darwin's evolutionary theory, British writers and scientists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries began to think of animals as subjects dwelling in their own animal worlds. Both science and literature aimed to capture the complexity of animal life, and their shared attention to animals pulled the two disciplines closer together. It led scientists to borrow the literary techniques of fiction and poetry, and writers to borrow the observational methods of zoology. Animal Subjects tracks the coevolution of literature and zoology in works by H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, and modern scientists including Julian Huxley, Charles Elton, and J. B. S. Haldane. Examining the rise of ecology, ethology, and animal psychology, this book shows how new, subject-centered approaches to the study of animals transformed literature and science in the modernist period.

    • Offers a cross-disciplinary study of modernism, putting literary studies in conversation with biology and the history of science
    • Adopts a historicist, literature-and-science approach to animal studies
    • Connects modernism's animals to contemporary ethical and environmental concerns, including invasive species, animal experimentation, cognitive ethology, and the sixth mass extinction
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    '… an excellent article exploring the relation between early film culture and nature films … Hovanec’s vital work is set to venture further into the murky waters of insect life and ecological collapse.' Patrick Armstrong, The British Society for Literature and Science

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428392
    • length: 232 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Animal subjectivity: Darwin, Freud, James
    1. H. G. Wells, Charles Elton, and the struggle for existence
    2. Aldous Huxley, Eliot Howard, and the observational ethic
    3. Romantic ethologies: D. H. Lawrence and Julian Huxley
    4. Bloomsbury's comparative psychology: Bertrand Russell, Julian Huxley, J. B. S. Haldane, Virginia Woolf

  • Author

    Caroline Hovanec, University of Tampa
    Caroline Hovanec earned her Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, where she won the Edgar Hill Duncan Award for academic achievement. She is Assistant Professor of English and Writing at the University of Tampa; her research interests include modernism, literature and science, environmental humanities, and contemporary literature. She has published essays on aestheticism and science fiction, the melting of glaciers, and the 1918 influenza pandemic. She is member of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA) and the Modernist Studies Association (MSA).

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