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Pets and domesticity in Victorian culture : animality, queer relations, and the Victorian family

Author: Monica Flegel
Publisher: New York, NY ; Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.
Series: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature, 14.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Addressing the significance of the pet in the Victorian period, this book examines the role played by the domestic pet in delineating relations for each member of the ""natural"" family home. Flegel explores the pet in relation to the couple at the head of the house, to the children who make up the family's dependents, and to the common familial ""outcasts"" who populate Victorian literature and culture: the orphan,  Read more...
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Flegel, Monica.
Pets and domesticity in Victorian culture
(DLC) 2014035424
(OCoLC)891124953
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Monica Flegel
ISBN: 9781317564867 1317564863 1315735733 9781315735733
OCLC Number: 903488984
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Introduction: Animals in the family: pet relations in Victorian literature and culture --
Love me, love my dog: the role of the pet in rituals of courtship, domesticity, and parenthood --
Becoming crazy cat lady: women and their pets in the domestic circle --
Pets and patriarchy: bachelors, villains, and their animal companions --
Household pets, waifs and strays: children and animals inside and outside the Victorian home --
Conclusion: Animals and their families.
Series Title: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature, 14.
Responsibility: Monica Flegel.

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Addressing the significance of the pet in the Victorian period, this book examines the role played by the domestic pet in delineating relations for each member of the ""natural"" family home. Flegel explores the pet in relation to the couple at the head of the house, to the children who make up the family's dependents, and to the common familial ""outcasts"" who populate Victorian literature and culture: the orphan, the spinster, the bachelor, and the same-sex couple. Drawing upon both animal studies and queer theory, this study stresses the importance of the domestic pet in elucidating normat.

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