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The Resource The Beast in the Boudoir : Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris, (electronic resource:)

The Beast in the Boudoir : Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris, (electronic resource:)

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The Beast in the Boudoir : Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Title
The Beast in the Boudoir
Title remainder
Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Annotation
Cataloging source
BIP US
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Kete, Kathleen
Illustrations
illustrations
Intended audience
Scholarly & Professional
Intended audience source
University of California Press
Nature of contents
dictionaries
Summary expansion
Kathleen Kete's wise and witty examination of petkeeping in nineteenth-century Paris provides a unique window through which to view the lives of ordinary French people. She demonstrates how that clich&eacute; of modern life, the family dog, reveals the tensions that modernity created for the Parisian bourgeoisie.<br />Kete's study draws on a range of literary and archival sources, from dog-care books to veterinarians's records to Dumas's musings on his cat. The fad for aquariums, attitudes toward vivisection, the dread of rabies, the development of dog breeding--all are shown to reflect the ways middle-class people thought about their lives. Petkeeping, says Kete, was a way to imagine a better, more manageable version of the world--it relieved the pressures of contemporary life and improvised solutions to the intractable mesh that was post-Enlightenment France. The faithful, affectionate family dog became a counterpoint to the isolation of individualism and lack of community in urban life. By century's end, however, animals no longer represented the human condition with such potency, and even the irascible, autonomous cat had been rehabilitated into a creature of fidelity and affection.<br />Full of fascinating details, this innovative book will contribute to the way we understand culture and the creation of class
Label
The Beast in the Boudoir : Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris, (electronic resource:)
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Publication
Control code
ssj0000109421
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (200 p.)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Available to multiple simultaneous users
Isbn
9780520203396
Lccn
93032265
Other control number
9780520203396
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000109421
Label
The Beast in the Boudoir : Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris, (electronic resource:)
Publication
Control code
ssj0000109421
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (200 p.)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Available to multiple simultaneous users
Isbn
9780520203396
Lccn
93032265
Other control number
9780520203396
Other physical details
ill
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000109421

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