Beast in the Boudoir Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris

ISBN-10: 0520203399

ISBN-13: 9780520203396

Edition: 1994

Authors: Kathleen Kete

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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 clicheacute; of modern life, the family dog, reveals the tensions that modernity created for the Parisian bourgeoisie. 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. Full of fascinating details, this innovative book will contribute to the way we understand culture and the creation of class.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/24/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 200
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Kathleen Kete,Borden W. Painter, Jr., Associate Professor of European History at Trinity College, is the author ofThe Beast in the Boudoir: Petkeeping in Nineteenth-Century Paris.She lives in West Hartford, CT.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Animal Protection in Nineteenth-Century Paris: The Case of Pets
The Notion of Fidelity in a Bourgeois World
The Embourgeoisement of the Beast
Dreamworlds of the Bourgeois Interior (1): Pets and Private Life
Dreamworlds of the Bourgeois Interior (2): Domesticity and the Dog-Care Book
La Rage and the Bourgeoisie
Cats and Categorization
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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