Entertaining Elephants Animal Agency and the Business of the American Circus
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Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Binding: Trade Cloth
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Consider the career of an enduring if controversial icon of American entertainment: the genial circus elephant. In Entertaining Elephants Susan Nance examines elephant behavior—drawing on the scientific literature of animal cognition, learning, and communications—to offer a study of elephants as actors (rather than objects) in American circus entertainment between 1800 and 1940. By developing a deeper understanding of animal behavior, Nance asserts, we can more fully explain the common history of all species. Entertaining Elephants is the first account that uses research on animal welfare, health, and cognition to interpret the historical record, examining how both circus people and More...
Susan Nance is assistant professor of U.S. history at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
|Introduction: Turning the Circus Inside Out|
|Why Elephants in the Early Republic?|
|Becoming an Elephant "Actor"|
|Learning to Take Direction|
|Punishing Bull Elephants|
|Herd Management in the Gilded Age|
|Going Off Script|
|Animal Cultures Lost in the Circus, Then and Now|
|Essay on Sources|
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