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...

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