At Home and Astray: The Domestic Dog in Victorian Britain by Philip Howell

By Philip Howell

Although the British think about themselves a kingdom of puppy fanatics, what we
have come to understand because the sleek puppy got here into lifestyles in basic terms after a profound, and relatively
fresh, transformation in that country’s social attitudes and practices. In At
domestic and Astray,
Philip Howell specializes in Victorian Britain, and particularly London, to
convey how the dog’s altering position in society was once the topic of excessive debate and
relied on a desirable blend of forces even to come back about.

Despite a
dating with people going again hundreds of thousands of years, the puppy simply turned absolutely domesticated
and put in on the center of the middle-class domestic within the 19th century. puppy breeding and
exhibiting proliferated at the moment, and puppy possession elevated significantly. on the similar time,
the puppy was once more and more policed out of public house, the "stray" turning into the unloved
counterpart of the family "pet." Howell indicates how this redefinition of the
dog’s position illuminates our figuring out of modernity and the town. He additionally explores the
attention-grabbing technique wherein the dog’s altering position was once proposed, challenged, and
confronted—and in spite of everything conditionally permitted. With a aiding forged that incorporates Charles
Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Thomas Carlyle, and Charles Darwin, and matters of inquiry
starting from vivisection and the policing of rabies to puppy cemeteries, puppy shelters, and the
perform of strolling the puppy, At domestic and Astray is a contribution not just to
the background of animals but in addition to our realizing of the Victorian period and its
legacies.

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