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Gorilla (Animal)

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Since coming to international prominence in the mid-nineteenth century when English, French, and American scientists first encountered them, the gorillaandrsquo;s physical resemblance to humans has struck a deep chord. Gorillas quickly came to dominate evolutionary debates and grew prevalent in literature, art, film, and popular cultureandmdash;they are the focus of movies such as Congo and the inspiration for the video game character Donkey Kong and DC Comics super villain Gorilla Grodd. In Gorilla, Ted Grott and Kathryn Weir provide a compelling and unsettling account of our relationship with these highly intelligent animals as they fight extinction due to habitat destruction, commercial hunting, and disease.
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Gott and Weir describe how early European observations of gorillas in their native Africa were the genesis of literary and artistic representations such as King Kong. At the same time, gorillas became symbolic of sexuality and subconscious, uncontrolled urges, and influenced theories of criminality. It was not until Dian Fosseyandrsquo;s research in the 1960s and 1970s that many misconceptions about the gorillaandmdash;especially their violenceandmdash;were dispelled. A notable history of the gorillaandrsquo;s influence on our culture and its plight at the hands of humans, Gorilla will appeal to any animal lover wanting to learn more about this noble creature and its uncertain future.

About the Author

Ted Gott is senior curator of international art at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.
Kathryn Weir is the head of international art and Australian cinandeacute;mathandegrave;que at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia.

Table of Contents

1. Lascivious Beast or Shy Vegetarian?

2. Good Shot: Europe and America Meet the Gorilla

3. Gorilla Mania

4. Sex and Crime

5. All in the Family

Timeline of the Gorilla

References

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Associations and Websites

Acknowledgements

Photo Acknowledgements

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781780230290
Author:
Gott, Ted
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Author:
Weir, Kathryn
Subject:
Apes & Monkeys
Subject:
Nature Studies-Primates
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20130531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 color plates, 40 halftones
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

Related Subjects

Science and Mathematics » Biology » Primatology
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » Mammals » Primates

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