Exhibiting Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain

Empathy, Education, Entertainment

  • Helen Cowie

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Helen Cowie
    Pages 1-11
  3. Helen Cowie
    Pages 12-30
  4. Helen Cowie
    Pages 31-51
  5. Helen Cowie
    Pages 52-76
  6. Helen Cowie
    Pages 77-100
  7. Helen Cowie
    Pages 101-125
  8. Helen Cowie
    Pages 126-154
  9. Helen Cowie
    Pages 155-178
  10. Helen Cowie
    Pages 179-204
  11. Helen Cowie
    Pages 205-212
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 213-256

About this book


Exotic animals were coveted commodities in nineteenth-century Britain. Spectators flocked to zoos and menageries to see female lion tamers and hungry hippos. Helen Cowie examines zoos and travelling menageries in the period 1800-1880, using animal exhibitions to examine issues of class, gender, imperial culture and animal welfare.


Menagerie zoo/zoological garden exotic animals Britain nineteenth century empire natural history leisure popular culture animal welfare animals culture education exhibition gender Great Britain John Locke

Authors and affiliations

  • Helen Cowie
    • 1
  1. 1.University of YorkUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-48090-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-38444-7
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