The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing by Rachel Poliquin

By Rachel Poliquin

From sixteenth-century cupboards of wonders to modern animal paintings, The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing examines the cultural and poetic historical past of protecting animals in vigorous postures. yet why could someone are looking to defend an animal, and what's this animal-thing now? Rachel Poliquin means that taxidermy is entwined with the iconic human longing to discover which means with and in the wildlife. Her learn attracts out the longings on the middle of taxidermy—the eager for ask yourself, good looks, spectacle, order, narrative, allegory, and remembrance. In so doing, The Breathless Zoo explores the animal spectacles wanted by means of specific groups, human assumptions of superiority, the yearnings for hidden truths inside of animal shape, and the loneliness and longing that hang-out our unusual human life, being either inside and except nature.

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