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Hare (Animal)

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Once described as the “fastest, hairiest, most lascivious, and most melancholy” of mammals, the hare was also believed to never close its eyes, occasionally grow horns, and have the ability to change its sex. More than just a speedy, but lazy, character in popular childrens fables, the hare is remarkable for its actual behavior and the intriguing myths that have developed around it. Here, Simon Carnell examines how this animal has been described, symbolized, visually depicted, and sought for its fur, flesh, and exceptional speed.  

            Carnell tracks the hare from ancient Egypt, where a hieroglyph of a hare stood for the concept of existence itself, to Crucifixion scenes, Buddhist lore, and Algonquin creation myths, to the serial works of Joseph Beuys, and even to an art installation in a Dutch brothel. The hare shows up in both surprising and expected places—it was the principal subject of the first hunting treatise, it appears in the first signed and dated picture of a single animal, and it was credited in early medicine with the most curative properties of any animal.

            Combining recent natural history with an extensive and richly illustrated focus on visual art, Hare is highly accessible and packed with details about a historically fascinating animal.

About the Author

Simon Carnell is a freelance writer, reviewer, translator, and poet. He has reviewed for and published poems in many publications, including the Times Literary Supplement, Sunday Times, Guardian, London Review of Books, and he is the author of Notes of Several Experiments.

Table of Contents

1   Lagographia Curiosa: The Natural and Unnatural History of the Hare

2   Mythic Hare

3   Hunted Hare

4   Painted and Plastic Hare

5   Hare Poetry, Hare Thought

Epilogue: Hare Writing

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781861894311
Author:
Carnell, Simon
Publisher:
Reaktion Books
Subject:
Animals
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Animals - Mammals
Subject:
Nature Studies-Mammals
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Reaktion Books - Animal
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 color plates, 60 halftones
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.38 x 0.7 in

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