Perceiving animals: humans and beasts in early modern english culture

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Abstract

When the human understanding of beasts in the past is studied, what are revealed is not only the foundations of our own perception of animals, but humans contemplating their own status. This book argues that what is revealed in a wide range of writing from the early modern period is a recurring attempt to separate the human from the beast. Looking at the representation of the animal in the law, religious writings, literary representation, science and political ideas, what emerges is a sense of the fragility of humanity, a sense of a species which always requires an external addition--property, civilization, education--to be fully human.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationBasingstoke/New York
Number of pages232
Publication statusPublished - 2000

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Early Modern English
English Culture
Beast
Animals
Religious Writings
Education
Civilization
Political Ideas

Keywords

  • animal
  • political ideas
  • science
  • literary representation
  • religious writings
  • law

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Basingstoke/New York, 2000. 232 p.

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