The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing

ISBN-10: 0271053739

ISBN-13: 9780271053738

Edition: 2012

Authors: Rachel Poliquin
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Description: From sixteenth-century cabinets of wonders to contemporary animal art, The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing examines the cultural and poetic history of preserving animals in lively postures. But why would anyone want to preserve an animal, and what is this animal-thing now? Rachel Poliquin suggests that taxidermy is entwined with the enduring human longing to find meaning with and within the natural world. Her study draws out the longings at the heart of taxidermy--the longing for wonder, beauty, spectacle, order, narrative, allegory, and remembrance. In so doing, The Breathless Zoo explores the animal spectacles desired by particular communities, human assumptions of superiority, the yearnings for hidden truths within animal form, and the loneliness and longing that haunt our strange human existence, being both within and apart from nature.

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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Wonder
Beauty
Spectacle
Order
Narrative
Allegory
Remembrance
Notes
Index
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