On the Allegorical Bestiary of Alphonse Toussenel (1803-1885)
Keywords:Toussenel, Fourier, Universal Analogy, Animals, Races
Many are the correspondences between Nature and Society, Kingdom of the Nature and World of the Politics, in the works of the French writer Alphonse Toussenel. Well known for his anti-semitic volume Les Juifs, rois de l’époque (1845), Toussenel is also the author of books about animals and about hunting. Such part of his production – built on the idea that animals are “logogriphs” of human virtues and vices – is ambiguous, especially in its relationships with violence: as when Toussenel, socialist and pacifist, invokes the extermination of animal races which represent human groups.