Minor Creatures is an important and original study that reinterprets the Victorian realist novel as it intersects with both fictional and historical animals. As Ivan Kreilkamp argues: “One of my claims is that, in the Victorian period, the three major normative categories of the human, the home, and the novel are all conceptualized in relation to an animal existence that is at once marginal or excluded but symbolically central and always a shaping influence” (1–2). In order to write this groundbreaking book, Kreilkamp has immersed himself not only in the voluminous interdisciplinary discourses of Victorian and animal studies but also in heterogeneous critical theory (in which Jacques Derrida's late work is preeminent) and philosophy both ancient and modern. He explicitly states that “one of this book's goals is to bring to the evolving field of literary animal studies a sharper attention...
Listening to “the Squirrel's Heart Beat”
DEBORAH DENENHOLZ MORSE is the inaugural Sara E. Nance Eminent Professor of English at William & Mary. With Martin A. Danahay, she edited Victorian Animal Dreams: Representations of Animals in Victorian Literature and Culture (2007) and coauthored “Animals and Animality” for The Routledge Handbook of Victorian Literature (2019). She has published many books and articles on the Brontës, in animal studies, and on Anthony Trollope. Currently she is recording lectures on the Brontës for Audible's Great Courses series.
Deborah Denenholz Morse; Listening to “the Squirrel's Heart Beat”. Novel 1 May 2021; 54 (1): 149–152. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00295132-8868959
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