Man Writes Dog

Canine Themes in Literature, Law and Folklore

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About the Book

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.

About the Author(s)

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

Bibliographic Details

William Farina
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 224
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7497-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-1455-7
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Dogs in Our World

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

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