Duck by Victoria De Rijke
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Duck by Victoria De Rijke

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The squat, noisy duck occupies a prominent role in the human cultural imagination, as evidenced by everything from the rubber duck of childhood baths to the flying ducks on living room walls. With "Duck", Victoria de Rijke explores the universality of this quacking bird through the course of human culture and history. From the Eider duck to the Brazilian teal to the familiar mallard, duck species are richly diverse, and de Rijke offers a comprehensive overview of their evolutionary history. She explores the numerous roles that the duck plays in literature, art, and religion including the Hebrew belief that ducks represent immortality, and the Finnish myth that the universe was hatched from a duck's egg. This book also highlights the significant role humour has always played in human imaginings of duck life, such as the Topographia Hibernia, a twelfth-century tome contending that ducks originated as growths on tree trunks washed up on a beach. But we also learn about the bird's role in everyday life as well, from food dishes to jokes to beloved animated characters such as Daffy Duck and Donald Duck. "Duck" is an entertaining account of a bird whose distinctive silhouette is known the world over.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781861893505
ISBN-10: 1861893507
Format: Paperback
(190mm x 135mm x 15mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Reaktion Books
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publish Date: 28-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Victoria De Rijke

Victoria de Rijke is Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts and Education at Middlesex University. She is editor of Nose Book: Representations of the Nose in the Arts and Literature (2000).

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