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The Authentic Animal

Author : Dave Madden
ISBN : 9781429987622
Genre : History
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Why would someone want to create or own the mounted skin of a dead animal? That's the question Dave Madden explores in The Authentic Animal. Madden starts his journey with the life story of Carl Akeley, the father of modern taxidermy. Akeley started small by stuffing a canary, but by the end of his life he had created the astonishing Akeley Hall of African Mammals at The American Museum of Natural History. What Akeley strove for and what fascinates Madden is the attempt by the taxidermist to replicate the authentic animal, looking as though it's still alive. To get a first-hand glimpse at this world, Madden travels to the World Taxidermy Championships, the garage workplaces of people who mount freeze-dried pets for bereaved owners, and the classrooms of a taxidermy academy where students stretch deer pelts over foam bases. On his travels, he looks at the many forms taxidermy takes—hunting trophies, museum dioramas, roadside novelties, pet memorials—and considers what taxidermy has to tell us about human-animal relationships. The Authentic Animal is an entertaining and thought-provoking blend of history, biology, and philosophy that will make readers think twice the next time they scoff at a moose head hung lovingly on a wall.
Category: History

Book Of The Authentic

Author : Darrilyn M Wilson
Genre : Self-Help
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The user-friendly authentic God for the independent believer... ‘Book of the Authentic’, is a self-improvement, self-validating spiritual book for the independent believer. If you are a person, who values honesty and is willing to apply that trait to knowing 'the real deal about God,’ then you will love this read. Let’s face it, today most folks no longer view spiritual matters the same way their parents or grandparents did. Spirituality and what God means to people and how they identify with him, has changed. Millions also no longer actively take part in the religion they were raised in. The question is why? What happened? Are people running from something or to something? I found it to be the latter. Most people are in their own way, running to something. It is something that by instinct they perceive to be better. That ‘better’ is a kinder more user-friendly God than what they were raised to have. The ramification of such an action through the years, by millions of people, has been powerful enough to begin changing how the world believes and how they envision God personally and that phenomenon keeps evolving. As I wrote this book I began to call this new sought after kinder more user-friendly God, the Authentic God. Digging for the full disclosure of this God spanned several years of my life and challenged me to the core. In the end my questions were answered, I found true peace, and I have fully embraced becoming a free and independent believer. It is my wish you will find this writing deeply inspiring, spiritually liberating and perhaps even life changing. Thanks for reading it.
Category: Self-Help

Critical Animal And Media Studies

Author : Núria Almiron
ISBN : 9781317552697
Genre : Social Science
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This book aims to put the speciesism debate and the treatment of non-human animals on the agenda of critical media studies and to put media studies on the agenda of animal ethics researchers. Contributors examine the convergence of media and animal ethics from theoretical, philosophical, discursive, social constructionist, and political economic perspectives. The book is divided into three sections: foundations, representation, and responsibility, outlining the different disciplinary approaches’ application to media studies and covering how non-human animals, and the relationship between humans and non-humans, are represented by the mass media, concluding with suggestions for how the media, as a major producer of cultural norms and values related to non-human animals and how we treat them, might improve such representations.
Category: Social Science

Knowing Animals

Author : Laurence Simmons
ISBN : 9789047419501
Genre : Nature
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Drawing on a range of perspectives -philosophy, literary criticism, art history and cultural studies-the essays collected here explore unconventional ways of knowing animals, offering new insights into apparently familiar relationships between humans and other living beings.
Category: Nature

An Introduction To Animals And Visual Culture

Author : Randy Malamud
ISBN : 9781137009838
Genre : Art
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How and why do people "frame" animals so pervasively, and what are the ramifications of this habit? For animals, being put into a cultural frame (a film, a website, a pornographic tableau, an advertisement, a cave drawing, a zoo) means being taken out of their natural contexts, leaving them somehow displaced and decontextualized. Human vision of the animal equates to power over the animal. We envision ourselves as monarchs of all we survey, but our dismal record of polluting and destroying vast swaths of nature shows that we are indeed not masters of the ecosphere. A more ethically accurate stance in our relationship to animals should thus challenge the omnipotence of our visual access to them.
Category: Art

Pets And Domesticity In Victorian Literature And Culture

Author : Monica Flegel
ISBN : 9781317564867
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Addressing the significance of the pet in the Victorian period, this book examines the role played by the domestic pet in delineating relations for each member of the "natural" family home. Flegel explores the pet in relation to the couple at the head of the house, to the children who make up the family’s dependents, and to the common familial "outcasts" who populate Victorian literature and culture: the orphan, the spinster, the bachelor, and the same-sex couple. Drawing upon both animal studies and queer theory, this study stresses the importance of the domestic pet in elucidating normative sexuality and (re)productivity within the familial home, and reveals how the family pet operates as a means of identifying aberrant, failed, or perverse familial and gender performances. The family pet, that is, was an important signifier in Victorian familial ideology of the individual family unit’s ability to support or threaten the health and morality of the nation in the Victorian period. Texts by authors such as Clara Balfour, Juliana Horatia Ewing, E. Burrows, Bessie Rayner Parkes, Anne Brontë, George Eliot, Frederick Marryat, and Charles Dickens speak to the centrality of the domestic pet to negotiations of gender, power, and sexuality within the home that both reify and challenge the imaginary structure known as the natural family in the Victorian period. This book highlights the possibilities for a familial elsewhere outside of normative and restrictive models of heterosexuality, reproduction, and the natural family, and will be of interest to those studying Victorian literature and culture, animal studies, queer studies, and beyond.
Category: Literary Criticism

Process And The Authentic Life

Author : Jason W. Brown
ISBN : 9783110328202
Genre : Philosophy
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The thesis advanced in this book is that feeling and cognition actualize through a process that originates in older brain formations and develops outward through limbic and cortical fields through the self-concept and private space into (as) the world. An iteration of this transition deposits acts, objects, feelings and utterances. Value is a mode of conceptual feeling that depends on the dominant phase in this transition: from desire through interest to object worth. Among the topics covered are subjective time and change, the epochal nature of objects and their temporal extensibility and the evolution of value from inorganic matter into organic form. The theory of microgenesis informs this work. According to this theory, acts and objects evolve in milliseconds through phases that replicate patterns in forebrain evolution. The progression in the actualization of the mind/brain state is from archaic to recent in brain formation, from unity to diversity, from past to present and from mind to world. An account is given of the diversity of felt experience avoiding the reductionist moves characteristic of biological materialism and the inherent dualism of psychoanalytic and related theories. This book is intended for any reader interested in the psychology of the inner life and philosophy of mind, including philosophers, psychologists, psychiatrists and others with an interest in problems of value and moral feeling.
Category: Philosophy

Talking Animals In British Children S Fiction 1786 1914

Author : Tess Cosslett
ISBN : 0754636569
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Nineteenth-century scholars, children's literature specialists, and historians of science and childhood will engage with Tess Cosslett's examination of nineteenth-century debates about the human and animal in children's stories such as Black Beauty, Beaut
Category: Literary Criticism