ABSTRACT This essay explores the coincidence of boredom, animalism, and trance states in several late-Victorian and early modernist texts. Through analyses of colonialist novels, mid-Victorian writings on the automaton debate, and case studies of Indian ““wolf children,”” it demonstrates how attempts to escape dehumanizing boredom have paradoxical results, leading to confrontations with other emblems of the bestial and uniting the animal and the automaton, human and machine.

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