Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Animal Acts by Jennifer Ham

Animals have been subjects and objects of an ageless discourse in Western culture, which seeks through reincarnations, metamorphoses and philosophical vision to define the human and the animal and the nature of the border that separates the two. At a moment in history when the human being is about to be replaced by the machine, there is a blurring of the old line separating humans from animals. There is a desire to look for human uniqueness in the animal body, not the rational mind; a desire to re-examine the historical record in search of a lost tradition of zoomorphic shamans, trainers, poets and philosophers. Animal Acts records the history of that fluctuating boundary between animals and humans as expressed in literary, philosophical and scientific texts, but also in the visual arts and historical practices such as dissections, the hunt, zoo construction, and circus acts. Against a general background of the progressive exclusion of animals from human space and consciousness since the Enlightenment, the essays document a persistent return of animality, a becoming animal that has always existed within and at the margins of Western culture from the Middle Ages to the present.
Essays on Marie de France, Boccaccio, Rabelais, La Fontaine, Schelling, Nietzsche, Flaubert, Kafka, Audubon, E.B. White, Levinas, Derrida, Heidegger, Dian Fossey and Gary Larson trace the lineage of those who have sought to enact the animal: to mime, tame, research, befriend and capture the beast within. Contributors include: Karla Armbruster, James Armstrong, David Clark, Tom Conley, Paul Fry, Jennifer Ham, Marie-Helene Huet, Dennis Minahen, Joyce Salisbury, Marian Scholtmeijer, Matthew Senior and Gregory Stone.

Buy Animal Acts by Jennifer Ham from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780415916097
ISBN-10: 0415916097
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-May-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Animal Acts by Jennifer Ham

Book Reviews - Animal Acts by Jennifer Ham

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Animal Acts book by Jennifer Ham and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Books By Jennifer Ham

Elastizitaet by Jennifer Ham
Hardback, October 2012
Animal Acts by Jennifer Ham
Paperback / softback, May 1997
$47.69 $52.99