The Afterlives of Animals: A Museum Menagerie (Paperback)Samuel J. M. M. Alberti (editor)
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Contributors: Samuel J. M. M. Alberti, Royal College of Surgeons; Sophie Everest, University of Manchester; Kate Foster; Michelle Henning, University of the West of England, Bristol; Hayden Lorimer, University of Glasgow; Garry Marvin, Roehampton University, London; Henry Nicholls; Hannah Paddon; Merle Patchett; Christopher Plumb, University of Manchester; Rachel Poliquin; Jeanne Robinson, Glasgow Museums; Mike Rutherford, University of the West Indies; Richard C. Sabin, Natural History Museum; Richard Sutcliffe, Glasgow Museums; Geoffrey N. Swinney, University of Edinburgh.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
This collection addresses an intriguing, important, and novel theme: the biographies of animals through their lives but especially after their deaths, primarily as museum specimens. This book is very original, well researched, and thought-provoking. The diverse backgrounds of the authors prove to be a real strength. From discussions of specific taxidermic practices to questions of social and cultural contexts, the reader is treated to a wealth of different insights.--Richard W. Burkhardt, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign "author of Patterns of Behavior: Konrad Lorenz, Niko Tinbergen, and the Foundation of Ethology "
This book is a unique, well-researched, and timely volume that explores how the museum serves as an exemplary space for a peculiar sort of transformation, one in which dead animals become born again into the cultural lives of people. Afterlives opens up a richly cross-disciplinary context that allows for a more multifaceted consideration of the precise conditions of various species, issues, and practices concerning the spectral lives of actual dead animals in the human imagination--Susan McHugh, University of New England "author of Dog and Animal Stories: Narrating across Species Lines "
"This well-written, heavily researched, scholarly work... [presents] wonderful biographies of these animals, highlighting people's initial bonds of fascination with them when they were alive, and the immortal juorneys of their afterlives through private and museum collections."--CHOICE
Alberti approaches charismatic dead megafauna on display as both scholar and practitioner - collecting and chronicling their unique stories for posterity while also looking for ways to classify, curate, and make meaning of these beastly narratives... one of [the book's] strengths is the diversity of scholarly and career backgrounds brought to bear on its inquiry. Writing from their individual disciplinary perspectives, historians, journalists, anthropologists, museum curators, and archeozoologists collectively reveal how 'many animals... refuse to be constrained by their zoological classification.'--Science Magazine
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