Work on the Victorian Dinosaur: Histories and Prehistories of Nineteenth-Century Palaeontology

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In recent studies of Victorian Literature and Science, valuable insights into the history and discursive constitutions of geology, palaeontology, and evolution have often shone a sidelight on the figure of the dinosaur. Few, though, have engaged head-on with the dinosaur itself as a conceptual category. In discussing why, this article aims to provide the reader with a reading list by which they may themselves begin to explore the Victorian dinosaur – as well as a possible justification for so doing.


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12394
JournalLiterature Compass
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2017