9781137009821

An Introduction to Animals and Visual Culture

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137009821

  • ISBN10:

    1137009829

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2012-07-03
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

How and why do people 'frame' animals so pervasively, and what are the ramifications are 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.

Author Biography

RANDY MALAMUD is Professor of English at Georgia State University, USA. He is the author of Reading Zoos: Representations of Animals and Captivity (1998); Poetic Animals and Animal Souls (2003); and A Cultural History of Animals in the Modern Age (2007). He is a Fellow of the Oxford Center for Animal Ethics and a Patron of the Captive Animals' Protection Society.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Series Preface
Acknowledgements
Framed Animals
Famous Animals
Photographic Animals
Film Animals
Pornographic Animals
Weird Animals
Zoo Animals
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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