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Description - Watching Wildlife by Cynthia Chris

Though the ubiquity of animals on television is new, the genre of the wildlife documentary is as old as cinema itself. In Watching Wildlife, Cynthia Chris traces the history of the wildlife genre from its origins in precinematic, colonial visual culture to its contemporary status as flagship programming on global television and explores evolving beliefs about, and attitudes toward, animal subjects. Nature programming and films are consistently presented as real and unmediated reflections of nature. But in Chris's analysis of specific shows and film and television history she points out how-particularly in the genre's preoccupation with mating and the favoritism bestowed on certain species-documentary images of animals are and always have been about prevailing ideologies about human gender, sexuality, and race.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780816645466
ISBN-10: 0816645469
Format: Hardback
Pages: 320
Imprint: University of Minnesota Press
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Cynthia Chris

Cynthia Chris is assistant professor of media culture at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island.

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