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The intriguing question in the title comes from an inscription on the collar of a dog Alexander Pope gave to the Prince of Wales. When Pope wrote the famous couplet “I am his Highness’ Dog at Kew, / Pray tell me Sir, whose Dog are You?” the question was received as an expression of loyalty. That was an era before there were dog breeds and, not coincidentally, before people were generally believed to develop affectionate bonds with dogs. This interdisciplinary study focuses on the development of dog breeds in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Beginning with the Foxhound—the first modern breed—it examines the aesthetic, political, and technological forces that generate modern human-canine relations. These forces have colluded over the past two hundred years to impose narrow descriptions of human-canine relations and to shape the dogs physically into acceptable and recognizable breeds. The largest question in animal studies today—how alterity affects human-animal relations—cannot fully be considered until the two approaches to this question are understood as complements of one another: one beginning from aesthetics, the other from technology. Most of all, the book asks if we can engage with dogs in ways that allow them to remain dogs.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-28
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  1. 1. Legal and Legible: Breed Regulation in Law and Science
  2. pp. 29-58
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  1. 2. The Modern Landscape of Sport: Representations of the Foxhound
  2. pp. 59-80
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  1. 3. Signifying Dogs: Popularized Breeds in the Romances of Walter Scott
  2. pp. 81-110
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  1. 4. Cynical Friendships: Anthro-Canine Relations Today
  2. pp. 111-144
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 145-160
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-172
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781609175405
Related ISBN
9781611862584
MARC Record
OCLC
990618932
Pages
182
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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