Man Writes Dog: Canine Themes in Literature, Law and Folklore

Man Writes Dog: Canine Themes in Literature, Law and Folklore

by William Farina

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Man Writes Dog: Canine Themes in Literature, Law and Folklore by William Farina

Over the millennia, many great writers, from Pliny and Plutarch to C.S. Lewis and John Steinbeck, have addressed diverse canine themes in their work, usually in a broader, human context. Late in the 20th century it was conclusively established by modern science that all dogs, without exception, are descended from wolves. Viewed through the dynamic lens of this new model, the constantly evolving relationship between humankind and canines, both wild and domesticated, appears more complex and intertwined than ever before. This survey reviews what 20 selected authors from the Western tradition have had to say on the same subject matter leading up to our present times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786474974
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

William Farina has written books on Arthurian legend, early Christianity, the American Civil War, Shakespeare and baseball. He lives in Chicago and works as a real estate consultant for the federal government.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments|xi

Introduction 1

1 Dogs and Law 11

2 Canine Guardians of the Underworld 19

3 Beastly Virtues 28

4 The Wolf as Maternal Figure 36

5 Down, Dog! 45

6 In Defense of Dogs 53

7 The Sensitive Werewolf 61

8 Carnivores Forgiven 69

9 Animal Intelligence and the Wars of Religion 77

10 Natural Rights of Animals 86

11 Devil Dogs 96

12 Everything Is Connected 104

13 Toto Speaks 113

14 Empathy for Wolves 122

15 Canine Heroes 130

16 Justified Predators 138

17 Dogs in Poverty 146

18 Animal Spirituality 154

19 A Man and His Dog 163

20 Last Word in Social Beings 171

21 Summary 180

Chapter Notes 187

Bibliography 207

Index 209

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