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Jane Austen and Animals

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August 2013

Beschreibung

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The first full-length study of animals in Jane Austen, Barbara K. Seebers book situates the authors work within the serious debates about human-animal relations that began in the eighteenth century and continued into Austens lifetime. Seeber shows that Austens writings consistently align the objectification of nature with that of women and that Austen associates the hunting, shooting, racing, and consuming of animals with the domination of women. Austens complicated depictions of the use and abuse of nature also challenge postcolonial readings that interpret, for example, Fanny Prices rejoicing in nature as a celebration of Englands imperial power. In Austen, hunting and the owning of animals are markers of station and a prerogative of power over others, while her representation of the hierarchy of food, where meat occupies top position, is identified with a human-nature dualism that objectifies not only nature, but also the women who are expected to serve food to men. In placing Austens texts in the context of animal-rights arguments that arose in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Seeber expands our understanding of Austens participation in significant societal concerns and makes an important contribution to animal, gender, food, and empire studies in the nineteenth century.
EAN: 9781409472353
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Erscheinungsdatum: August 2013
Seitenanzahl: 162 Seiten
Format: epub eBook
Kopierschutz: Adobe DRM
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