A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment (The Cultural Histories Series)
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The period of the Enlightenment saw great changes in the way animals were seen. The codifying and categorizing impulse of the age of reason saw sharp lines drawn between different animal species and between animals and humans. In 1600, "beasts" were still seen as the foils and adversaries of human reason. By 1800, animals had become exemplars of sentiment and compassion, the new standards of truth and morals. A new age had dawned, a time when humans admired animals and sought to recover their own animality.
A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment presents an overview of the period and continues with essays on the position of animals in contemporary symbolism, hunting, domestication, sports and entertainment, science, philosophy, and art.
Matthew Senior is Professor of French at Oberlin College and author of Animal Acts: Configuring the Human in Western History.
Introduction: The Animal Witness Matthew Senior, Oberlin College 1. The Souls of Men and Beasts, 1637-1764Matthew Senior, Oberlin College 2. The War Against Animals: The Culture of the Hunt in Early Modern FranceAmy Warthesen, Cornell University 3. From Sheep to Meat, From Pets to People, Animal Domestication 1600-1800Karen Raber, University of Mississippi 4. Inside and Outside: Animal Activity and the Red Bull Playhouse, St. John StreetEva Griffith, University of Durham 5. Natural History, Natural Philosophy, and AnimalsAnita Guerrini, University of California-Santa Barbara 6. Animality and Anthropology in Jean-Jacques RousseauJean-Luc Guichet, College de Philosophie, Paris 7. Portraits of Animals, 1600-1800Madeleine Pinault-Sorensen, Musee du Louvre Notes BibliographyIndex
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