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Introduction: Famous Animals in Modern Culture

Randy Malamud

Randy Malamud is Professor of English at Georgia State University, author of Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity and Poetic Animals and Animal Souls. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

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...In the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, human culture has become more powerful—and thus, more dangerous to nonhuman animals—than ever before. The scope of modern society is global and instantaneous: ideas, beliefs, trends...

Domestication

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

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...Even though the majority of the animals used or kept by humans today were domesticated many thousands of years ago, the process of selectively breeding animals for human purposes continues up to the present. In fact, when we examine...

Entertainment and Exhibitions

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

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...No era stands on its own. What happens today has origins in yesterday. Civilization exists because there was a global climate change at the end of the last great glacial advance, about twelve thousand years ago, which led to the spread...

Science and Specimens

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

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...No animal is more iconic of science than the laboratory mouse, and the ambivalence of its contemporary meanings finds many expressions in American popular culture. One of the most brilliantly satirical of these is an animated television...

Hunting

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

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...Early in the morning a farmer, dressed in dull green and brown work clothes, a dog at his side, leaves his house and walks quietly along a hedgerow toward a wood. At the edge of the wood he takes two cartridges from his pocket and puts them...

The Sacred and the Symbolic

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

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...Six to seven ravens are kept in the Tower of London at all times under the charge of the Yeoman Ravenmaster. They are given the run of the grounds, but their wings are trimmed on one side to prevent them from flying very far. Official...

Philosophical Beliefs

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

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...Morality Animal philosophy of the past eighty-five years, at least in the traditions of western Europe and North America, has been dominated by ethical reflections and advocacy. These moral meditations and exhortations have evolved along...

Artistic Representations

A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age Volume 6

Berg, 2007

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...The aim of this chapter is twofold. Confronted with a huge amount of material I have attempted to offer something of a general introduction by selecting a number of well-known works that reveal how the animal figure operates...