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The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing

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Taxidermy has been a particular fascination of mine ever since I was a small child. My family's favorite pizza parlor was covered with nature's lifeless bounty, as was Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, Washington, where we had a beach house. With Jake the Alligator Man as a close personal friend, it is no wonder that I found myself drawn to The Breathless Zoo. Taxidermy isn't a morbid or dark interest; it's more about the awe and wonder of trying to capture a creature's power and beauty. I think of it in the same vein as mummification — the urge to preserve life in a very small way. Like bottling fireflies. This book, however, takes the art to a whole new level. Each page is like peering into a new cubby of a curio cabinet.
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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.

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 Wonder

2 Beauty

3 Spectacle

4 Order

5 Narrative

6 Allegory

7 Remembrance

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780271053721
Subtitle:
Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Author:
Poliquin, Rachel
Subject:
Biology-Zoology
Subject:
Nature Studies-Zoology
Subject:
General History
Subject:
9780271053721 Taxidermy longing Poliquin Animalibus pose stuff animal beauty fur specimen ravishingbeasts.com nature natural
Edition Description:
Library binding
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120822
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 8 in

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Taxidermy has been a particular fascination of mine ever since I was a small child. My family's favorite pizza parlor was covered with nature's lifeless bounty, as was Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, Washington, where we had a beach house. With Jake the Alligator Man as a close personal friend, it is no wonder that I found myself drawn to The Breathless Zoo. Taxidermy isn't a morbid or dark interest; it's more about the awe and wonder of trying to capture a creature's power and beauty. I think of it in the same vein as mummification — the urge to preserve life in a very small way. Like bottling fireflies. This book, however, takes the art to a whole new level. Each page is like peering into a new cubby of a curio cabinet.

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