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Beastly Journeys par Tim Youngs (School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University)

Beastly Journeys Tim Youngs (School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University)

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Résumé

A critical exploration of travel, animals and shape-changing in fin de siecle literature.

Beastly Journeys Résumé

Beastly Journeys: Travel and Transformation at the fin de siecle Tim Youngs (School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University)

An Open Access edition of this book is available on the Liverpool University Press website and the OAPEN library.

Bats, beetles, wolves, butterflies, bulls, panthers, apes, leopards and spiders are among the countless creatures that crowd the pages of literature of the late nineteenth century. Whether in Gothic novels, science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, journalism, political discourse, realism or naturalism, the line between the human and the animal becomes blurred. Beastly Journeys examines these bestial transformations across a range of well-known and less familiar texts and shows how they are provoked not only by the mutations of Darwinism but by social and economic shifts that have been lost in retellings and readings of them. The physical alterations described by George Gissing, George MacDonald, Arthur Machen, Arthur Morrison, W.T. Stead, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, and many of their contemporaries, are responses to changes in the social body as Britain underwent a series of social and economic crises. Metaphors of travel - social, spatial, temporal, mythical and psychological - keep these stories on the move, confusing literary genres along with the indeterminacy of physical shape that they relate. Beastly Journeys will appeal to anyone interested in the relationship between nineteenth-century literature and its contexts and especially to those interested in the fin de siecle and in metaphors of travel, animals and shape-changing.

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Reviews 'A lively and energetic romp through a wide range of fin de siecle texts ... Youngs' readings are smart, and they take implicit aim at a kind of animal-recuperation tendency in the historiography that is most welcome as post-human analyses take root in literary studies.'
Antoinette Burton, University of Illinois

À propos de Tim Youngs (School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University)

Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University and the editor of the journal Studies in Travel Writing. He recently authored The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing (2013).

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Acknowledgements Introduction: The unchaining of the beast 1. City creatures 2. The bat and the beetle 3. Morlocks, Martians and Beast-People 4. 'Beast and man so mixty': The Fairy Tales of George MacDonald 5. 'an unclean beast': Oscar Wilde Conclusion Bibliography Index

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GOR010012456
9781846319587
1846319587
Beastly Journeys: Travel and Transformation at the fin de siecle Tim Youngs (School of Arts and Humanities, Nottingham Trent University)
Occasion - Très bon état
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Liverpool University Press
20131106
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