Civilized Creatures

Civilized Creatures

At the turn of the twentieth century , many Americans began to reject the idea that civilized creatures were fundamentally different from and superior to savage , wild animals . One expression of this rejection was growing interest in ...

Author: Jennifer Mason

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801880718

Category: History

Page: 229

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In Civilized Creatures, Jennifer Mason challenges some of our most enduring ideas about how encounters with nonhuman nature shaped American literature and culture. Mason argues that in the second half of the nineteenth century the most powerful influence on Americans' understanding of their affinities with animals was not increasing separation from the pastoral and the wilderness; instead, it was the population's feelings about the ostensibly civilized animals they encountered in their daily lives. Americans of diverse backgrounds, Mason shows, found it attractive as well as politic to imagine themselves as most closely connected to those creatures who shared humans' aptitude for civilized life. And to the minds of many in this period, national prosperity depended less on periodic exposure to untamed, wild nature than it did on the proper care and keeping of such animals within suburban and urban environments. Combining literary analysis with cultural histories of equestrianism, petkeeping, and the animal welfare movement, Civilized Creatures offers new readings of works by Susan Warner, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Charles W. Chesnutt. In each case, Mason demonstrates that understanding contemporary relationships between humans and animals is essential for understanding the debates about gender, race, and cultural power enacted in these texts.
Categories: History

Animals and Their Children in Victorian Culture

Animals and Their Children in Victorian Culture

In Stereotypic Animal Behaviour: Fundamentals and Applications to Welfare, edited by Georgia Mason and Jeffrey Rushen and, 325–56. Cambridge, MA: CABI, 2006. Mason, Jennifer. Civilized Creatures: Urban Animals, Sentimental Culture, ...

Author: Brenda Ayres

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000760125

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 264

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Whether a secularized morality, biblical worldview, or unstated set of mores, the Victorian period can and always will be distinguished from those before and after for its pervasive sense of the "proper way" of thinking, speaking, doing, and acting. Animals in literature taught Victorian children how to be behave. If you are a postmodern posthumanist, you might argue, "But the animals in literature did not write their own accounts." Animal characters may be the creations of writers’ imagination, but animals did and do exist in their own right, as did and do humans. The original essays in Animals and Their Children in Victorian explore the representation of animals in children’s literature by resisting an anthropomorphized perception of them. Instead of focusing on the domestication of animals, this book analyzes how animals in literature "civilize" children, teaching them how to get along with fellow creatures—both human and nonhuman.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Representing the Modern Animal in Culture

Representing the Modern Animal in Culture

..From Wild Technology to Electric Animal.” Rothfels, Representing Animals 119–36. Malamud, Randy. Poetic Animals and Animal Souls. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. Mason,Jennifer. Civilized Creatures: Urban Animals, ...

Author: Ziba Rashidian

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137428653

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 254

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Examining a wide range of works, from Gulliver's Travels to The Hunger Games, Representing the Modern Animal in Culture employs key theoretical apparatuses of Animal Studies to literary texts. Contributors address the multifarious modes of animal representation and the range of human-animal interactions that have emerged in the past 300 years.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Animal Modernity Jumbo the Elephant and the Human Dilemma

Animal Modernity  Jumbo the Elephant and the Human Dilemma

91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 Animal, 171. See also, “Jumbo's Successors,” St. ... Mason, Civilized Creatures, 122–25; Spiegel, Dreaded Comparison, 33–38. Bay, White Image in the Black ...

Author: Susan Nance

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781137562074

Category: History

Page: 102

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The concept of 'modernity' is central to many disciplines, but what is modernity to animals? Susan Nance answers this question through a radical reinterpretation of the life of Jumbo the elephant. In the 1880s, consumers, the media, zoos, circuses and taxidermists, and (unknowingly) Jumbo himself, transformed the elephant from an orphan of the global ivory trade and zoo captive into a distracting international celebrity. Citizens on two continents imaged Jumbo as a sentient individual and pet, but were aghast when he died in an industrial accident and his remains were absorbed by the taxidermic and animal rendering industries reserved for anonymous animals. The case of Jumbo exposed the 'human dilemma' of modern living, wherein people celebrated individual animals to cope or distract themselves from the wholesale slaughter of animals required by modern consumerism.
Categories: History

Governing Consumption

Governing Consumption

Over time , the progress toward more civilized forms of existence moved apace with articulable and imitative language ... and made men rational creatures , did also make them social and political , and ... produced all the arts ...

Author: James Cruise

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838754287

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 246

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Paradoxically, however, each of these "realistic" novelists, other than Sterne, failed in his attempt to erect character as a moral buffer against the suspense of a commercially driven world."--Jacket.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Lost Civilizations

Lost Civilizations

When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, ...

Author: Jim Willis

Publisher: Visible Ink Press

ISBN: 9781578595570

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 433

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Unearthing the scientific evidence, myths, and legends of ancient civilization! The reminders of the Ancients are everywhere. They are saved in remnants in archaeology. They are found in reminiscences in mythology. They are recorded in books, story, song, and stone. Who were these people, aliens, man-or-myths? Do we still see their influences today? What remains of these inhabitants of the jungles, lost cities, and dwellings underground, underwater and beyond? How did they rise? Why did they fall? Will they rise again? From pyramids and underground bunkers to watery graves and ancient astronauts, Lost Civilizations: The Secret Histories and Suppressed Technologies of the Ancients examines the archaeological evidence and the traces left behind by more than 70 ancient civilizations, including ... Atlantis Göbekli Tepe Anasazi disappearance in the American Southwest Nazca Lines of Peru Turkey's Çatalhöyük Denisovan Ancestors departure Amazon Cities in the Jungle Neanderthal Ancestors extinction The Eden Stories of Theoretical Physics Underground Cities of the Grand Canyon And many more! From ancient Egypt, middle America, and the Nubian Desert to the frozen Antarctica, underwater ruins of Asia, and clues of visits by ancient aliens, Lost Civilizations explores the unanswered questions about the true origins of man. Might there have been advanced civilizations long before the days of ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia? What do 3D imaging and new underwater mapping technology reveal? What do prehistoric artifacts, architecture, carvings, maps, and monoliths tell us? Were rising waters, erupting volcanoes, catastrophic solar flares, comet or asteroid fragments or some other unimaginable cataclysmic disasters the death of these advanced civilizations? Touring the world and reviewing the scientific evidence, this fascinating book ties together historical events in one part of the world that produced actual effects in others. Uncovering hidden and suppressed pasts of technologically and culturally advanced ancient civilizations, it looks at how modern civilization compares and contrasts to those who have gone before. It will leave you with the sense that what has happened to past advanced civilizations might very well be happening again in our own time! With more than 120 photos and graphics, it is richly illustrated. Its helpful bibliography and extensive index add to its usefulness.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Million Wings

Million Wings

Organisms/creatures also eat plants. It is nature; it has been happiness for centuries, and nothing's wrong in it. Today, the human is the most civilized, so he starts thinking that to eat animals is not right; they have life, emotions.

Author: Dr. Surinder Kansala

Publisher: Partridge Publishing

ISBN: 9781482868845

Category: Self-Help

Page: 488

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It is not another book on global idealism only, rather is a visionary book of realistic global balance of human hearts and minds to expand human happiness. It refines the concepts of heartfelt happiness to fulfill dreams and desires in a harmonic coordination with the rest of the world, may it be anything ranging from birth to death, desires to spirituality, food to sex, education to occupation, love affairs to flirtness, family to politics, science to the God etc. Human happiness needs human ways of happiness, not only the idealistic guidelines. The basic fundamental strategy is to widen the comfort zone of human to the maximum range by raising the freedom to highest possible levels and reducing the responsibilities to minimum possible limits. the book gives a common humanistic base to all of the idealistic standards of the world and declares the actual human behavior, capacities and limitations as a minimum criteria to be followed to achieve human happiness. My dear friends! Million Wings supports, motivates and guides every human being on the earth to fly with a smile in the sky of his dream life.
Categories: Self-Help

The Dialogues of Plato Laws Appendix Lesser Hippias First Alcibiades Menexenus Index of persons and places

The Dialogues of Plato  Laws  Appendix  Lesser Hippias  First Alcibiades  Menexenus  Index of persons and places

Man , as we say , is a tame or civilized animal ; nevertheless , he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature , and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized ; but if he be insufficiently or ill ...

Author: Plato

Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000001202670

Category: Philosophy, Ancient

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Categories: Philosophy, Ancient

Laws Index

Laws  Index

... or civilized animal ; nevertheless , he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature , and then of all animals ... and most civilized ? ; but if he be insufficiently or ill educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures .

Author: Plato

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ISBN: HARVARD:HXJUPD

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