The Breathless Zoo : Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing

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.

Details

Author(s)
Rachel Poliquin
Format
Paperback | 272 pages
Dimensions
203 x 229 x 19mm | 885g
Publication date
30 Nov 2012
Publisher
Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication City/Country
Pennsylvania, United States
Language
English
Edition statement
New
Illustrations note
31 Halftones, color; 5 Halftones, black and white
ISBN10
0271053739
ISBN13
9780271053738
Bestsellers rank
452,714

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