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The first comprehensive account of the relation of collections of imperial beasts to narrative practices in England, The Novel and the Menagerie explores an array of imaginative responses to the empire as a dominant, shaping factor in English daily life. Kurt Koenigsberger argues that domestic English novels and collections of zoological exotica (especially zoos, circuses, traveling menageries, and colonial and imperial exhibitions) share important aesthetic strategies and cultural logics: novels about English daily life and displays featuring collections of exotic animals both strive to relate Englishness to a larger empire conceived as an integrated whole. Koenigsberger’s investigations range from readings of novels by authors such as Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, Salman Rushdie, and Angela Carter to analyses of ballads, handbills, broadsides, and memoirs of showmen. Attending closely to the collective English practices of imagining and delineating the empire as a whole, The Novel and the Menagerie works at the juncture of literary criticism, colonial discourse studies, and cultural analysis to historicize the notion of totality in the theory and practice of the English novel. In exploring the shapes of the novel in England and of the English institutions that collected exotic animals, it offers fresh readings of familiar literary texts and opens up new ways of understanding the character of imperial Englishness across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Introduction: The Novel as Zoo: Animal Stories and English Style
  2. pp. 1-31
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  1. 1. Picturing Britannia's Menagerie: The Aesthetics of the Imperial Whole
  2. pp. 32-81
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  1. 2. Circuses in Cabinets: The Victorian Novelist as Beast Tamer
  2. pp. 82-117
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  1. 3. Elephants in the Labyrinth of Empire: Arnold Bennett, Modernism, and the Menagerie
  2. pp. 118-148
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  1. 4. Monsters on the Verandah of Realism: Virginia Woolf's Empire Exhibition
  2. pp. 149-181
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  1. 5. The "Anglepoised" Novel after Empire: English Creatures and Postcolonial Exhibition
  2. pp. 182-211
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  1. Epilogue: Small Islands, Frozen Arks
  2. pp. 212-217
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 219-243
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 245-259
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-278
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780814272282
Related ISBN
9780814210574
MARC Record
OCLC
1229137906
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-09
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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