Romanticism and Animal Rights by David PerkinsRomanticism and Animal Rights by David Perkins

Romanticism and Animal Rights

byDavid Perkins

Paperback | November 5, 2007

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Demonstrating how English Romantic writing took up issues of what we now call animal rights, this study joins the growing number of studies that seek precedents or affinities in English Romanticism for ecological concerns. An unprecedented amount of writing advocated kindness to animals in England during the second half of the eighteenth century. This theme was carried through many genres, from sermons to encyclopedias, scientific works to literature for children, and to the poetry of Cowper, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Clare and others.
He codirects the think tank "{Project Zero" at the Harvard Graduate School of Education & has authored books on mind, intelligence, creativity & learning.
Title:Romanticism and Animal RightsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:212 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:November 5, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521045983

ISBN - 13:9780521045988


Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. In the beginning of animal rights; 2. Grounds of argument; 3. Keeping pets: William Cowper and his hares; 4. Barbarian pleasures: against hunting; 5. Savage amusements of the poor: John Clare's badger sonnets; 6. Work animals, slaves, servants: Coleridge's young ass; 7. The slaughterhouse and the kitchen: Charles Lamb's 'Dissertation upon Roast Pig'; 8. Caged birds and wild; Notes; Bibliographical essay; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Perkins is so steeped in the poetry, novels, philosophy, and sermons of the 18th and early 19th centuries--and he writes with such clarity, verve, and commonsense on a subject often befogged by violent passions--that this volume can be recommended with confidence to anyone interested in the long and bitter controversies over animal rights.... [The] concluding biographical essay will be immensely helpful to those interested in pursuing the suprisingly extensive writings on the subject, and the index is a model of its kind. Highly recommended." Choice