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Keridiana Chez
CUNY Research Foundation, Bernard Baruch College (New York, NY 10010-5585)
Pets and the Animal Protection Movement during the Victorian Age

Victorian Dogs, Victorian Men contends that the Victorians developed the use of animal companions as emotional prostheses. Focusing on the interface between human and pet, this book reenvisions the historic rise of pet-keeping and the transatlantic animal protection movement. First, the project posits that the advent of modernity inspired the anxiety that humans were becoming less capable of forming emotional connections with others. Second, these anxieties fueled the dramatic change in attitudes towards animals. Third, the end goal of these new values and practices was not, as it would first appear, to use animals as surrogates to fill emotional vacancies, but rather to forge new connections between humans via the dog. Applying the model of prosthesis to the evolution of the human-dog relationship offers the opportunity to investigate how the Victorians purposefully put the dog's love to very specific uses—transforming not only the animals, but themselves.

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Project fields:
American Literature; British Literature; Gender Studies

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Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2014 – 8/31/2014