Travel and Transformation at the fin de siècle
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).
Acknowledgements Introduction: The unchaining of the beast 1. City creatures 2. The bat and the beetle 3. Morlocks, Martians and Beast-People 4. ‘Beast and man so mixty’: The Fairy Tales of George MacDonald 5. ‘an unclean beast’: Oscar Wilde Conclusion Bibliography Index
Youngs offers a late Victorian menagerie of beasts and men that is compelling and surprising. It suggests that the wavering border between human and animal is one of the decisive borderlines in an era that remains so pivotal to our understanding of the modern world. Consistently inventive.
Birkbeck, University of London
A lively and energetic romp through a wide range of fin de siècle texts ... Youngs' readings are smart, and they take implicit aim at a kind of animal-recuperation tendency in the historiography that is most welcome as “post-human” analyses take root in literary studies.
University of Illinois
Size: 239 × 163 mm
Publication: November 6, 2013
Series: Liverpool English Texts and Studies 63