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Author Hovanec, Caroline, author

Title Animal subjects : literature, zoology, and British modernism / Caroline Hovanec, University of Tampa
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2018
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Contents Cover; Half Title; Title page; Imprints page; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Animal Subjectivity: Darwin, Freud, James; Triangulating Literature, Science, and Animals; Physics, Biology, and the Defamiliarization of the World; Real Toads, Imaginary Gardens; 1 H. G. Wells, Charles Elton, and the Struggle for Existence; 1.1 The Roots of Wells's Bio-pessimism; 1.2 The Wellsian Grotesque; 1.3 Animal Empires; 1.4 Animal Ecology in the Twentieth Century; 1.5 The Struggle Repressed; 2 Aldous Huxley, Henry Eliot Howard, and the Observational Ethic; 2.1 Huxley as Zoological Novelist
2.2 Vivisection and Its Discontents2.3 Thin Description and the Observational Ethic; 2.4 What to Do About Nightingales; 3 Romantic Ethologies: D. H. Lawrence and Julian Huxley; 3.1 Lawrence's Animal Philosophy; 3.2 Huxley's Animal Studies; 3.3 Courtship, Sex, and Sexual Selection; 3.4 Animal Language; 3.5 Animal Spirits; 3.6 Thick Description; 4 Bloomsbury's Comparative Psychology: Bertrand Russell, Julian Huxley, J. B. S. Haldane, Virginia Woolf; 4.1 Comparative Psychology and the Problem of Animal Experience; 4.2 Russell and the Subject as Sense-Data
4.3 Huxley, Haldane, and the Philosophical Animals4.4 Woolf and the Aesthetics of Animal Experience; 4.5 The Afterlife of Comparative Psychology; Conclusion; Tardigrade; Octopus; Whale; Mantis Shrimp; Animal Stories in the Age of Extinction; Bibliography; Index
Summary "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."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Animals in literature -- 19th century.
Animals in literature -- 20th century.
Zoology -- Great Britain -- 19th century -- History.
Zoology -- Great Britain -- 20th century -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1108657494 (electronic bk.)
9781108657495 (electronic bk.)