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What Are the Animals to Us? : Approaches from Science, Religion, Folklore, Literature, and Art - Dave Aftandilian

What Are the Animals to Us?

Approaches from Science, Religion, Folklore, Literature, and Art

By: Dave Aftandilian (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st September 2006
ISBN: 9781572334724
Number Of Pages: 400

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From the first woolly mammoths painted in exquisite detail on Paleolithic cave walls to contemporary depictions of anthropomorphized mice as heroes of animated films and fiction, animals have played crucial roles in human cultures around the world. In What Are the Animals to Us? scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines explore the diverse meanings of animals in science, religion, folklore, literature, and art. The contributors focus especially on analyzing cultural products about animals. The chapters in the first section of the book, "From Totems to Tales," interpret folklore of cats, foxes, snakes, and frogs in various cultures, while the chapters in thesection on "Real Toads in Imaginary Gardens" concern themselves with literary and historical representations of reindeer, wild birds, tigers, and other animals. The chapters in "Holy Dogs and Scared Bunnies" consider the roles of animals in art and religion. In the section on "Ethics, Ethology, and Konrad Lorenz," the contributors evaluate the legacy of this cofounder of the science of animal behavior in the light of recent revelations about Lorenz's National Socialist past. Finally, an extensive afterword offers theoretical and practical ways in which readers might better understand animal others in their own right, and discusses the ethical implications of such an understanding. Accessible and lively, What Are the Animals to Us? is a uniquely wide-ranging and well-written interdisciplinary introduction to the emerging field of animal studies that offers not just novel approaches to the study of what animals mean to people but also fresh insights into a broad range of topics, from environmental history to animal behavior, postmodern art to Christian theology.

"A fine compendium of uniformly excellent essays." -- Marc Bekoff
A fine compendium of uniformly excellent essays. Marc Bekoff, University of Colorado; author of Animal Passions and Beastly Virtues and editor of the Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior"

Introduction: Of Bats, Animal Studies, and Real Animalsp. xi
From Totems to Tales: Folklore, Myth, and Animals
Introductionp. 1
The Waving Ones: Cats, Folklore, and the Experiential Source Hypothesisp. 5
Spirits, Sex, and Wealth: Fox Lore and Fox Worship in Late Imperial Chinap. 21
Serpentine Mates in Japanese Folklorep. 37
Frogs, Snakes, and Agricultural Fertility: Interpreting Illinois Mississippian Representationsp. 53
Real Toads in Imaginary Gardens: Animals in Literature and History
Introductionp. 89
The Nature and Culture of Species: Eighteenth-Century and Contemporary Viewsp. 95
Wild Animals in a Free Man's World? North American References in Norwegian Sportsmen's Descriptions of Reindeer, 1850-1950p. 111
Wild Birds in Aquilino Ribeiro's Writings: Using Literature as a Source for Environmental Historyp. 141
The Triumphant Tiger: Short Narratives by Jorge Luis Borgesp. 161
Dark Brothers and Shadow Souls: Ursula K. Le Guin's Animal "Fables"p. 169
Holy Dogs and Scared Bunnies: Animals in Art and Religion
Introductionp. 183
Holy Dogs and Asses: Stories Told through Animal Saintsp. 189
Paw Prints on Preaching: The Healing Power of Biblical Stories about Animalsp. 205
Personification of Pets: The Evolution of Canine Cartoons in the New Yorkerp. 219
Snakes and Bunnies: The Postmodern Animal in the Art of Ray Johnsonp. 241
Come into Animal Presence: Ethics, Ethology, and Konrad Lorenz
Introductionp. 259
Konrad Lorenz and the Mythology of Sciencep. 269
The Ethical and Responsible Conduct of Science and the Question of Political Ideology: Konrad Lorenz in the Field of Ethologyp. 277
Lorenz and Reductionp. 297
Afterword: Toward a Unity with Naturep. 303
Contributorsp. 327
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9781572334724
ISBN-10: 157233472X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st September 2006
Publisher: University of Tennessee Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.64