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The Birth of a Jungle
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The Birth of a Jungle: Animality in Progressive-Era U.S. Literature and Culture

Michael Lundblad

Abstract

Exemplifying a new methodology identified as “animality studies,” which focuses on constructions of animality at specific historical and cultural moments without the explicit emphasis on animal advocacy that is often found in animal studies, this book explores animality at the turn of the twentieth century in the United States. At that moment, shifts in what it meant to be both “human” and “animal” became crucial in terms of producing new ways of thinking about a wide range of human behaviors, including homosexuality, labor exploitation, and the lynching of black men. The discourse of “the jun ... More

Keywords: animality, beast, jungle, evolution, American literature, American studies, Progressive Era, Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199917570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199917570.001.0001

Authors

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Michael Lundblad, author
Colorado State University

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