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Michael Burns

23 February 1995
Animals and Human Society: Changing Perspectives 
edited by Aubrey Manning and James Serpell.
Routledge, 199 pp., £35, February 1994, 0 415 09155 1
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The Beast in the Boudoir: Pet-Keeping in 19th-Century Paris 
by Kathleen Kete.
California, 200 pp., £22.50, August 1994, 0 520 07101 8
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... which animals are imbued with human characteristics and treated with sympathy are surely as central to the story of ‘changing perspectives’ as the theoretical treatises of Enlightenment thinkers. KathleenKete’s The Beast in the Boudoir focuses on the way in which pet-keeping in 19th-century Paris ‘restates in another mode the century’s central intellectual ideas – ideas about modernity ...

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