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Frankenstein as a Gothic Narrative of Carnivorism
Jackson Petsche

In this essay I argue that Frankenstein‘s monster, as a being constructed, in part, from nonhuman animal remains obtained from slaughterhouses, is literally a bizarre by-product of meat-eating. Frankensteins monster is a ‘monster’ because he is meat that was not consumed and brought back to life. What was intended for the human table comes to life and threatens the social order. The fact that the monster is a vegetarian thus becomes essential for an understanding of Shelley‘s novel. The Gothic narrative of Frankenstein is not one of a supernatural nature; rather the Gothic narrative within the text is the one that confronts the seemingly natural system of carnivorism.

Gothic Studies
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How to turn an individual dog into a species ambassador
Mariam Motamedi Fraser

I pause for a moment, with this chapter, to address some of the ways that the idea of a species and actual animals’ behaviours come to be connected. For dogs’ species story would not necessarily, in itself, bear so very heavily on dogs, were it not that this story often shapes contemporary scientific understandings of what dogs need and want, and how they do and should

in Dog politics
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Thomas Almeroth-Williams

 69 3 Animal husbandry Late one afternoon in July 1790, a tailor’s assistant walked into Tothill Fields in Westminster, seized a sow and, it was later alleged, attempted to commit bestiality. When the animal escaped, Mathew Mulvie made a second ‘attempt’ with a cow and caught breeches-​down by the cow-​ keeper’s son, who was watching from a haystack, the young man was arrested. At the Old Bailey, Mulvie admitted that he had been ‘very drunk’ but insisted that it would have been ‘madness to perpetrate such a crime in such a publick place’. The jury decided that

in City of beasts
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The moron as an atavistic subhuman
Gerald V. O’Brien

3 THE ANIMAL METAPHOR: THE MORON AS AN ATAVISTIC SUBHUMAN 1 There is something unnatural about these fellows. Do not listen to their gospel, Señor Commander: it is dangerous. Beware of the pursuit of the Super-­human: it leads to an indiscriminate contempt for the Human. To a man, horses and dogs and cats are mere species, outside the moral world. Well, to the Superman, men and women are a mere species too, also outside the moral world.2 If the group that is the target for social control can be viewed as falling short of that which defines the fully human

in Framing the moron
Foregrounding vivisection, 1876–95
Peter Hobbins

On Christmas Eve, 1881, the Colony of Victoria passed an unlikely piece of legislation. Championed by a future Australian Prime Minister and vigorously supported by the colony’s Premier and Attorney-General, An Act for the Protection of Animals codified Victoria as only the second legislature worldwide to formally regulate vivisection. Although patently derived from

in Venomous encounters
Violence, masculinity, and the colonial project in Derricke’s Image of Irelande
John Soderberg

allegory and practice become manifest. This chapter investigates that process via the depiction of animals. While animals are frequently introduced in the service of colonial allegory, they also are entangled with the practice of life in Elizabethan Ireland. Their presence forces allegory and practice into confrontation, as animals both make and unmake Derricke’s ‘discoveries’. 5 The Image deploys its animals according to a basic colonialist trope. For example, when Derricke asserts that Irish kern have destroyed the

in John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne
Andrew Patrizio

‘Three slender things that best support the world: the slender stream of milk from the cow’s dug into the pail; the slender blade of green corn upon the ground; the slender thread over the hand of a skilled woman.’ (from The Triads of Ireland, c . ninth century) ‘A honeybee meadow is something very different from a human meadow.’ (Elizabeth Grosz, Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth , 2008) Visualising the zoosphere Animal studies (particularly ‘critical animal studies’, which I draw most on here

in The ecological eye
Nicky Coutts

, haematologist, pneumatologist, oncologist, general practitioner, psychiatrist, self-psychoanalyst, it's inhuman. 2 For him the stresses of this particular profession groom the death drive. The animal is stressed, this stress is transferred to the human who absorbs it and in so doing the vet becomes the

in Perspectives on contemporary printmaking
Three lives of the chess-player in medieval and early-modern literature
John Sharples

1 Sinner, melancholic, and animal: three lives of the chess-player in medieval and early-modern literature At the margins From the arrival of chess in medieval Europe, the chess-player was a troubling figure, raising issues concerning sin, leisure, intellect, and emotion. The assumed Islamic origins of the game and its associations with a number of vices related to play pushed the chess-player into a marginal space in a society defined by Christian regulation and authority. Yet, in parallel, the chess-player and the game found secure footings within highly

in A cultural history of chess-players
Beth Greenhough
Emma Roe

Introduction Since 2015 the concept of a ‘culture of care’ has become increasingly prominent within animal research. It is promoted by regulators of animal research in the UK 1 and widely recognised as being instrumental to improving the welfare of both staff and animals in animal research facilities, and to the quality of the science produced. 2 At the same time it is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, and uncertainties remain as to ‘[h]ow can a culture of care be defined, what does it

in Researching animal research