Beastly Journeys

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Beastly Journeys

Travel and Transformation at the fin de siècle

Liverpool English Texts and Studies, 63

2013

November 6th, 2013


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Bats, beetles, wolves, butterflies, bulls, panthers, apes, leopards and spiders are among the countless creatures that crowd the pages of literature of the late nineteenth century. Whether in Gothic novels, science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, journalism, political discourse, realism or naturalism, the line between the human and the animal becomes blurred. Beastly Journeys examines these bestial transformations across a range of well-known and less familiar texts and shows how they are provoked not only by the mutations of Darwinism but by social and economic shifts that have been lost in retellings and readings of them. The physical alterations described by George Gissing, George MacDonald, Arthur Machen, Arthur Morrison, W.T. Stead, Bram Stoker, H.G. Wells, Oscar Wilde, and many of their contemporaries, are responses to changes in the social body as Britain underwent a series of social and economic crises. Metaphors of travel – social, spatial, temporal, mythical and psychological – keep these stories on the move, confusing literary genres along with the indeterminacy of physical shape that they relate. Beastly Journeys will appeal to anyone interested in the relationship between nineteenth-century literature and its contexts and especially to those interested in the fin de siècle and in metaphors of travel, animals and shape-changing. An Open Access edition of this work is available on the OAPEN Library.

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About The Author

Tim Youngs is Professor of English and Travel Studies at Nottingham Trent University and the editor of the journal Studies in Travel Writing. He recently authored The Cambridge Introduction to Travel Writing (2013).

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover 1
Half-title 2
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements10
Introduction 12
Chapter 150
Chapter 2 85
Chapter 3 118
Chapter 4 151
Chapter 5 176
Conclusion208
Bibliography222
Index231