Kathryn Seidel


In Florida literature, the relationship between people and animals is ubiquitous and complex. Whether animals are hunted, eaten, despised, or cherished as companions and pets, animals express the authors' attempt to conceptualize nature and to understand the role of humans within the natural world of Florida.1 When the main characters of the novels are boys, the themes of nature interweave with those of the coming-of-age novel in which the maturation of the boy depends on learning the skills, responsibilities, and character traits associated with manhood.2