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We know very little about the fox and its habits—and our ignorance, Martin Wallen argues, is rooted in the foxs 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 foxs 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, Fox shows that this lovely creature is as beguiling as it is controversial.

About the Author

Martin Wallen is professor of English at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Coleridges "Ancient Mariner": An Experimental Edition of Texts and Revisions and City of Health, Fields of Disease: Revolution in the Poetry, Medicine, and Philosophy of Romanticism.

Table of Contents

1.  The Fox in Nature
2.  Vulpine Myths, Folk Tales and Allegory
3.  The Linguistic Fox
4.  Fox-hunting
5.  The Commercial Fox
6.  Twentieth-century Fox:  The Cinema
 
Timeline
Evolution Charts
Genera and Species of
Fox Worldwide
References
Bibliography
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781861892973
Author:
Wallen, Martin
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Mammals
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 color plates, 75 halftones
Pages:
206
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 in

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