Talking Animals in British Children's Fiction, 1786-1914
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006 - Literary Criticism - 205 pages
This work traces both the origins of the children's animal story, and investigates its distinctive 19th century form. One of the book's continuing themes is the variety of different representational devices that are covered by the term 'anthropomorphic', involving degrees of animal speech, dress, and thought.
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