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The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late
                        Nineteenth–Century English Culture$
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Lucy Bending

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187172.001.0001

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Antivivisectionary Rhetoric and Pain

Antivivisectionary Rhetoric and Pain

(p.116) 4 Antivivisectionary Rhetoric and Pain
The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth–Century English Culture

Lucy Bending

Oxford University Press

This chapter brings together the theoretical concerns of Chapter 3 and close readings of the literature of vivisection of the 1880s and 1890s, to establish the ways in which the pain of others, whether animal or human, was thought too painful to recognize, and the pain of animals too lowly to value. The debate over vivisection raised difficult questions of literary representation as the tension between what could be said — and what could not — rested not so much on the possibilities of language itself, as on the dictates of decorum and sensibility. The chapter traces how far antivivisectionists could go in delineating physical suffering without alienating their readership.

Keywords:   vivisection, physical pain, bodily pain, physical suffering, literary representation, antivivisection, animal pain

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