Peter Rabbit: Why It Is Still One of the Greats of Children’s Literature

Peter Rabbit feasting in Mr. McGregor’s garden, in the 1902 edition of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” (Public Domain)

BY THE CONVERSATION

January 30, 2019 Updated: January 30, 2019

Since the days of Aesop, animals have been used as vehicles by which humankind has addressed its moral, ethical, and cultural identity. For some, this serves to misrepresent animals, privileging anthropomorphism at the expense of the more sensitive address of animal sentience and welfare. For others, this approach allows humans to circumvent their own social taboos to reveal not merely fresh insights into what it is to be human, but also humanity’s intrinsic relationship to animals, with animals, and as part of nature.… READ MORE...

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