9781861892973

Fox

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  • ISBN13:

    9781861892973

  • ISBN10:

    1861892977

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2006-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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Summary

We know very little about the fox and its habitsand our ignorance, Martin Wallen argues, is rooted in the fox's bad reputation. Lowly, sly, and classified as vermin, foxes raid henhouses and garbage bins, spread disease, and injure domestic pets. At the same time, foxes are often considered beautiful, mysterious, and even oddly human. This book is the first to fully explore the fox as the object of both derision and fascination, from the forests of North America to the deserts of Africa to the Arctic tundra. Whether portrayed as an unrepentant thief, a shape-shifter, or an outlaw, the fox's primary purpose in literature, Wallen demonstrates, is to disrupt human order. In Chinese folklore, for example, the fox becomes a cunning mistress, luring human men away from their wives. Wallen also discusses the numerous ways in which fox-related terms have entered the vernacular, from "foxy lady" to the process of "foxing," or souring beer during fermentation. Thoughtful and illuminating,Foxshows that this lovely creature is as beguiling as it is controversial.

Author Biography

Martin Wallen is Professor of English in the Department of English, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.

Table of Contents

The fox in naturep. 7
Vulpine myths, folk tales and allegoryp. 39
The linguistic foxp. 72
Fox-huntingp. 91
The commercial foxp. 121
Twentieth-century fox : the cinemap. 148
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