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Animal fiction


  • Fiction whose main characters are animals that may be anthropomorphized.
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    • found: Work cat.: Michener, J.A. Creatures of the kingdom : stories of animals and nature, c1993: p. xv (These excerpts from my various books depict the way I think and feel about animals. Each segment was an integral part of the novel in which it appeared)
    • found: Goodreads website, Feb. 14, 2017: Genres > Animals (Animal Fiction. Fiction involving animals. Such works may take the viewpoint of animals, in which case they may be classified as xenofiction. Some books portray animals as having human traits (anthropomorphic fiction). Animals are very common characters in children's literature)
    • found: Children's literature classics website, Feb. 14, 2017: Animal Fiction (The Animal Genre: Animal stories appear in a variety of forms but all include one or more animals as the focus of the story; It is not surprising that animal stories appeal to children. Many wish for a pet - something that belongs to them, and something they can love; Pets allow children to feel clever, protective, and nurturing; Animals help children compensate for their essentially powerless position; Very young children do not see animals as "other"; they believe that animals have human characteristics; Some of the most well-known picturebooks focus on animal protagonists - for example, Babar, Curious George, Peter Rabbit, and Paddington Bear; Authors use animal characters because they can convey ideas by analogy, ideas which have greater impact than if child characters are used. Like the adventure story, there are different types of animal stories: Animal fable; Pet stories; Animal fantasy; Real animals) Recommended Animal Fiction (examples listed include: Watership Down; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Tale of Despereaux; The Black Stallion; The Wind in the Willows; The Jungle Book; The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle; The Call of the Wild; White Fang; The Yearling; Bambi; Black Beauty; Stuart Little; Charlotte's Web)
    • found: Hogan, W. Animals in young adult fiction, 2009: p. xii (animal stories; animal novels) p. xiii (animal fiction) p. xiv (animal fiction; animal novels and short stories) p. 2 (Modern animal stories can be divided into three major periods. The Founders of the North American animal story--Jack London, Ernest Thompson Seton, and Charles G. D. Roberts--were active from the 1890s through the 1920s. They portrayed mammals (and sometimes birds) as sensitive, intelligent creatures, and frequently used anthropomorphic language to best express the rich mental lives they attributed to the higher animals; during the middle of the twentieth century, roughly from 1930 into the 1970s, such anthropomorphism fell into disfavor, and most writers of animal stories in this period are categorized by Lori Oswald as "traditionalists." These midcentury authors are careful not to ascribe complex mental states to animals, and they avoid representing any animal's thoughts and feelings as if they were equivalent to those of humans. Few of the animal stories written during this period display an animal rights philosophy, and the dominant view of animals in stories of the era is one of humane animal welfare orthodoxy, at best; in the 1970s the animal rights movement, along with feminism and other liberation philosophies, began to influence the writers of animal stories. Oswald calls this the "animal rights era," linking the animal protection movement to those other liberation movements) p. 4 (the animal story genre)
    • found: Asker, D.B.D. The modern bestiary : animal fiction from Hardy to Orwell, 1978: p. 3 (animal characters, symbolic, realistic, or both, to act as analogues by which human predicaments may be presented and clarified) p. 4 (A writer may draw his animals either as abstract 'counters', important only for the general quality they represent, or as real beings evoked with the full force of naturalistic detail. The former manner is often associated with the fable and allegory where the author is not particularly interested in the animal as animal. Usually, in this type of literature an animal is personified, represents an abstract human quality, and is endowed with human speech and ratiocination; In contrast to this style is the mode of representation in which an animal behaves realistically and without any overt interference from the author. This method is clearly based on the biases of fictional realism which demand that humans, animals, as well as inanimate objects, be evoked accurately and as they really are)
    • found: Kipling, R. Animal stories from Rudyard Kipling, 1938.
    • found: The best animal stories of science fiction and fantasy, ©1979.
    • found: Kilmer, J. Animal dreams & fantasies, 2011, viewed via Google books, Feb. 14, 2017: p. 1 ("This animal fiction book is written in rhyming verse")
    • found: Oswald, L.J. Heroes and victims : the stereotyping of animal characters in children's realistic animal fiction, 1995.
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    • Fiction whose main characters are animals that may be anthropomorphized.
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    • 2017-02-14: new
    • 2017-05-15: revised
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