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Author: Jonathan Burt
Publisher: London : Reaktion Books, 2006.
Series: Animal (Reaktion Books)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rat traces the history of the rat-human relationship from the first archaeological finds to the genetically engineered rat of today, describing its role in the arts and sciences, religion and myth, folklore and society, medicine and psychoanalysis. The rat is to be found at the heart of human preoccupations with hygiene, intelligence, sexuality and appetite, and exists as a perverse totem for the worst excesses of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
Illustrated works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Burt
ISBN: 1861892241 9781861892249
OCLC Number: 56452537
Description: 189 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 19 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Natural history --
Natural historians and the rat --
Rat representations --
The 'hero of science' --
Plague and pollution --
Pets, vermin, food --
Timeline --
Appendix: a legend of the Inquisition.
Series Title: Animal (Reaktion Books)
Responsibility: Jonathan Burt.

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In Rat, Jonathan Burt traces the history of the human relationship with rats, from the first archaeological finds to the genetically engineered rats of the present day, describing its role in the  Read more...

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Superbly illustrated, this is the perfect book for the rat fancier in your life The Guardian Tracing salient periods in the symbiotic connection we have had with these reviled and revered creatures, Read more...

 
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