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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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Wspomnienia z podrózy   travel memoir   19th century   animal studies   history of animal rights


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


In this paper the author analyses Teodor Tripplin’s Wspomnienia z podrózy from the perspective of animal studies.The book is a travel memoir containing elements of fiction and it was published in the 19th century. Beginning withan introduction to the situation of animals in that time, the author of the article moves away from the protagonistand his human companions and instead focuses on their perception of the animals they encounter while travelingacross European and African countries. There is a clear division between those animals that are close to humans,classified as ‘intelligent’ (like dogs), and wild animals, which are divided into four categories: food, fur, entertainmentand danger. The author often attributes human characteristics to dangerous animals in order to ‘prove’ their realnature to the reader. Wild animals should be killed or tamed, while the purpose of companion animals establishestheir usefulness to humans. There are tropes of speciesism and examples of the use of animals, not only in practice(physical labor) but also in symbolism and language, including stereotypically common terms and phraseologicalpatterns. The purpose of this article is to analyze Tripplin’s works in order to illustrate how the traveler viewed anddescribed animals and how this relates to the history of the formation of animal rights.

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław