Consumable Metaphors: Attitudes towards Animals and Vegetarianism in Nineteenth-Century France by Ceri CrossleyConsumable Metaphors: Attitudes towards Animals and Vegetarianism in Nineteenth-Century France by Ceri Crossley

Consumable Metaphors: Attitudes towards Animals and Vegetarianism in Nineteenth-Century France

byCeri Crossley

Paperback | July 20, 2005

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This book studies the various definitions of animal nature proposed by nineteenth-century currents of thought in France. It is based on an examination of a number of key thinkers and writers, some well known (for example, Michelet and Lamartine), others largely forgotten (for example, Gleizes and Reynaud). At the centre of the book lies the idea that knowledge of animals is often knowledge of something else, that the primary referentiality is overlaid with additional levels of meaning. In nineteenth-century France thinking about animals (their future and their past) became a way of thinking about power relations in society, for example about the status of women and the problem of the labouring classes.
This book analyses how animals as symbols externalize and mythologize human fears and wishes, but it also demonstrates that animals have an existence in and for themselves and are not simply useful counters functioning within discourse.
The Author: Ceri Crossley is Professor of Nineteenth-Century French Studies at the University of Birmingham. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand). He has published widely in the fields of nineteenth-century French literature, intellectual history and historiography.
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Title:Consumable Metaphors: Attitudes towards Animals and Vegetarianism in Nineteenth-Century FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.66 × 5.91 × 0.68 inPublished:July 20, 2005Publisher:Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3039101900

ISBN - 13:9783039101900

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Table of Contents

Contents: Philosophical interpretations of Animal Nature – Animal protection and welfare in nineteenth-century France – Socialism and Animals – Catholicism and the Animals Question – Scientific Vegetarianism – Occult and Anarchist Vegetarianism – Vivisection and Feminism.

Editorial Reviews

«A main strength of the volume is that while a chronological structure is used to organize the material, the developing arguments map the heterogeneity of thought on animals rather than suggesting any unified and linear progression of ideas through the period. The diversity of the currents of thought explored reminds us that developments in the 'history of ideas' are most successfully mapped when they are understood, as they are here, as flows, counter-flows and exchanges.» (Rachael Langford, French Studies)