Looking at Animals in Human History
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Description: From the first cave paintings to Britta Jaschinski's provocative animal photography, it seems we have been describing and portraying animals, in some form or another, for as long as we have been human. This book provides a broad historical overview of our representations of animals, from prehistory to postmodernity, and how those representations have altered with changing social conditions. Taking in a wide range of visual and textual materials, Linda Kalof unearths many surprising and revealing examples of our depictions of animals. She also examines animals in a broad sweep of literature, narrative and criticism: from Pliny the Elder's Natural History to Donna Haraway's writings on animal-human-machine interaction; and from accounts of the Black Plague and histories of the domestic animal and zoos, to the ways that animal stereotypes have been applied to people to highlight hierarchies of gender, race and class. Well-researched and scholarly, yet very accessible, this book is a significant contribution to the human-animal story. Featuring more than 60 images, "Looking at Animals in Human History" brings together a wealth of information that will appeal to the wide audience interested in animals, as well as to specialists in many disciplines. Linda Kalof is professor of sociology at Michigan State University. Her books include "The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values" and "The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings,"
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 8/15/2007
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and editor of The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings.
|Prehistory, before 5000 BC New Relationships|
|Antiquity, 5000 BC - AD 500 Untamed Nature, Cities and War - Domestication - Hunting - Slaughter as Spectacle - Menageries and the Exotic|
|The Middle Ages, 500-1400 Changing Relationships - Animals, Morality, and Sex - Animals and Devalued Humans - Domestication - Animals, Humans and the Plague - Hunting - Fear - Public Processions and Rituals - Animal Trials - Entertainment - Medieval Menageries|
|The Renaissance, 1400-1600 Death, Disease and Dead Animals - Hunting - Social Disorder and Animal Massacres - Animal-baiting - Cultural Analyses of Animal-baiting - Ceremony and Ritual - Horns, Masculinity and Honour - Looking Toward Animal Welfare|
|The Enlightenment, 1600-1800 Dead Animal Portraiture - Live Animal Portraiture - Animal Massacres as Ritual - Exhibition as Entertainment - Exotics and Pets - Dogs and Rabies - Exhibition as Education - Growing Opposition to Cruelty - Looking at Cruelty|
|Modernity, 1800-2000 Dogcarts, Rabies and Sex - Natural History and Hunting - Spectacles of Game Hunting - Zoo Spectacles - Theme Park Spectacles - Bullfighting as Ritual - Looking at the Postmodern Animal|