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Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Colophon; Table of Contents; Introduction; Ohrem: A Declaration of Interdependence; I Animal Lives and the Contours of American Modernity; Grier: "To the Admirers of the Feathered Creation"; Bartosch: Ciferae in the City; Stieglitz: Horses, Cameras, and a Multitude of Gazes; Malay: Modes of Production, Modes of Seeing; II Animality and Its Intersections: The Politics of Human-Animal Relations; Fielder: Black Dogs, Bloodhounds, and Best Friends; Chez: Man's Best and Worst Friends; Swenson: "Sheep is Life."
III Exploration, Expansion and Manifest Destiny: Contexts and LegaciesMatheson: Ardent Creatures; Ohrem: The Ends of Man; Howe: The Passenger Pigeon and Its Role in Perceptions of Manifest Destiny; Table of Figures; About the Contributors.
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From sixteenth-century cabinets of wonders to contemporary animal art, The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing examines the cultural and poetic history of preserving animals in lively postures. But why would anyone want to preserve an animal, and what is this animal-thing now? Rachel Poliquin suggests that taxidermy is entwined with the enduring human longing to find meaning with and within the natural world. Her study draws out the longings at the heart of taxidermy--the longing for wonder, beauty, spectacle, order, narrative, allegory, and remembrance. In so doing, The Breathless Zoo explores the animal spectacles desired by particular communities, human assumptions of superiority, the yearnings for hidden truths within animal form, and the loneliness and longing that haunt our strange human existence, being both within and apart from nature. (source: Nielsen Book Data)