Pets, Bodies, and Desire in Four Modern Writers
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: University of California Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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This book reflects my long-standing interest on the subject of nonhuman animals as a literary project but also, and foremost, as domestic friends and companions. I am deeply indebted to many colleagues and friends for their support of my work as well as for their generosity in pointing me toward some of the authors whose literary works are the subject of this book. I owe a special thanks to Laura Mulvey...
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This book continues the exploration I began in Beasts and Beauties: Animals, Gender and Domestication in the Italian Renaissance concerning the co-development of two different but related forms of domestication since the Renaissance: the new culture of domesticated animals that issued forth in the modern phenomenon of the “pet,” and the contemporaneous delineation...
1 Re-Visions of Diana in Edith Wharton
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My reading of Edith Wharton’s poem “Artemis to Actaeon” and her short story “Kerfol” will situate these works in the broader context of what has been called Wharton’s “lurking feminism,” which refigures the myth of Diana as protector of those under her care and punisher of those who would violate her sacred charges.1 Edith Wharton’s “Artemis ...
2 Colette at Home
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If anyone has succeeded in carrying out, through her writing, the Dianic charge of protecting women and animals, not negatively, by vindicating and affirming a female power to inflict retribution, but positively, by celebrating domestic diversity, it would be Colette, a contemporary of both Wharton and Barnes. In Colette’s case, the affirmation of that ...
3 Romancing the Beast: J. R. Ackerley’s Dog Days and the Meaning of Sex
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...“I think love is beautiful and important—anyhow I have found it so in spite of all the pain—and it will sadden me if you fail in this particular way.”1 So wrote E. M. Forster to his friend the writer and literary editor J. R. Ackerley, upon Ackerley’s apparent turn away from his sexual predilection for young working-class boys and toward a ...
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The very notion implied in the concept and practice of polymorphism, as envisioned in this book, is that living creatures cannot be reduced to a single model or body. The model of a polymorphous domesticity evoked here is both dynamic and fluid in structure. In it, a plurality of bodies challenge the anthropocentric tendency to view the human subject as ...
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Publication Year: 2012