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Minor Creatures: Persons, Animals, and the Victorian Novel

Ivan Kreilkamp


In the nineteenth century, richly-drawn social fiction became one of England’s major cultural exports. At the same time, a surprising companion came to stand alongside the novel as a key embodiment of British identity: the domesticated pet. As England became known as a nation of shop-­keepers, it was also preeminently associated with long novels and beloved pet animals, two cultural forms which, I argue in this book, developed not just in parallel but in tandem. Indeed, the history of English domestic fiction is deeply bound up with that of the domestic animal. In works by authors from Dickens ... More

Keywords: animals, pets, Victorian fiction, England, domestic, domestication, anthropocentrism, the novel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226576237
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226576404.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivan Kreilkamp, author
Indiana University Bloomington