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85 Printemps | 2017
Becoming Animal

Edited by Fabienne Moine

Animals really matter for Victorianists: this is the message this collection of essays, gathered in Volume 85 of Cahiers victoriens et édouardiens, conveys as it proves that Animal Studies and Victorian Studies can cross-fertilise each other in often very surprising but successful ways. The contributions are issued from the 2016 SFEVE conference, ‘Becoming Animal with the Victorians’, which was held at the University Paris Diderot on 4-5 February 2016. While the goal of this conference was to encourage participants to embrace the animal while questioning the position of the human, the reference to ‘becoming animal’ hinted at Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari’s major concept, allowing to consider Victorian animals through notions of identity and subjectivity. Following an introduction presenting the current state of research on animals in Victorian literature and culture, the seven contributions focus on the questions of transformation, evolution, regression and hybridization. They examine how Victorians crossed the borders between species and undermined the existence of a frontier separating the human and the non-human.

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