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Animal biography : re-framing animal lives

Author: André Krebber; Mieke Roscher
Publisher: Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
Series: Palgrave studies in animals and literature.
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While historiography is dominated by attempts that try to standardize and de-individualize the behavior of animals, history proves to be littered with records of the exceptional lives of unusual animals. This book introduces animal biography as an approach to the re-framing of animals as both objects of knowledge as well as subjects of individual lives. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective and bringing together  Read more...
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Animal biography.
Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
(OCoLC)1044824997
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: André Krebber; Mieke Roscher
ISBN: 9783319982885 3319982885
OCLC Number: 1057550237
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Dedication; Acknowledgments; Contents; Notes on Contributors; List of Figures; Chapter 1: Introduction: Biographies, Animals and Individuality; (Animal) Biography: A Historical Synopsis; Methodological Layouts; Theoretical Promises; Works Cited; Part I: Explorations; Chapter 2: Living, Biting Monitors, a Morose Howler and Other Infamous Animals: Animal Biographies in Ethology and Zoo Biology; Autobiographical Animals; Animal Biography; Zoo Biographies; Works Cited; Chapter 3: Finding a Man and his Horse in the Archive?; Introduction; Biographical Material on Mariana. The Diary Life of Laurance HolmanWorks Cited; Chapter 4: Recovering and Reconstructing Animal Selves in Literary Autozoographies; Introduction: Autobiographical Animals; Tracking Animal Selves in and Beyond Literary Autozoographies; (Auto)Biographical and Epistemological Entanglements: Hoffmann's Tomcat(s); Writing Feline (Auto)Biography; Writing Murr's (Auto)Biography; Coda: Animal Selves in/and Literary Autozoographies; Works Cited; Part II: Reflections; Chapter 5: A Dog's Life: The Challenges and Possibilities of Animal Biography; Introduction; Hachikō's Story; Conclusion; Works Cited. Chapter 6: "We Know Them All": Does It Make Sense to Create a Collective Biography of the European Bison?Models of Collective Biography; The Special Case of the European Bison; We Know Them All, but Does This Help?; Toward a New Entanglement of Biographies; Animals and Their Breeders; Animals and Their Ideologists; Animals and Their Constructors; Conclusion; Works Cited; Chapter 7: Animal Life Stories; or, the Making of Animal Subjects in Primatological Narratives of Fieldwork; Primate Life Stories; Melodramas of Primate Reproduction; or, the Strange Case of Primate Sexuality. Fieldwork as Participant Observation and Recognition of the Animal as SubjectFinishing Remarks; Works Cited; Part III: Constructions; Chapter 8: Taxidermy's Literary Biographies; Introduction; Stuffers; Objects; Works Cited; Chapter 9: Caesar: The Rise and Dawn of a Humanimalistic Identity; Just Animals? The Apes in The Planet of the Apes; Becoming Caesar; "Becoming With"; Humanimals: Making Apes-Body and Mind; Becoming Koba; Becoming Human; The End ...?; Works Cited; Media; Chapter 10: Postscript, Posthuman: Werner Herzog's "Crocodile" at the End of the World. Impossible Archaeologies: Cave of Forgotten Dreams and the HumanSpeculative Futures, Technical Inscriptions: Bataille, Derrida, and Stiegler; Reading Herzog's Postscript; Surviving Technics: Concluding with the "Crocodile"; Works Cited; Part IV: Experiments; Chapter 11: The Elephant's I: Looking for Abu'l Abbas; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; References; Chapter 12: Topsy: The Elephant We Must Never Forget; Introduction; Life; Death; Conclusion; Works Cited; Chapter 13: Online Animal (Auto- )Biographies: What Does It Mean When We "Give Animals a Voice?"; Introduction; The Voiceless; Constructing Identities.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in animals and literature.
Responsibility: editors, André Krebber and Mieke Roscher.

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While historiography is dominated by attempts that try to standardize and de-individualize the behavior of animals, history proves to be littered with records of the exceptional lives of unusual animals. This book introduces animal biography as an approach to the re-framing of animals as both objects of knowledge as well as subjects of individual lives. Taking an interdisciplinary perspective and bringing together scholars from, among others, literary, historical and cultural studies, the texts collected in this volume seek to refine animal biography as a research method and framework to studying, capturing, representing and acknowledging animal others as individuals. From Heini Hediger's biting monitor, Hachikō and Murr to celluloid ape Caesar and the mourning of Topsy's gruesome death, the authors discuss how animal biographies are discovered and explored through connections with humans that can be traced in archives, ethological fieldwork and novels, and probe the means of constructing animal biographies from taxidermy to film, literature and social media. Thus, they invite deeper conversations with socio-political and cultural contexts that allow animal biographies to provide narratives that reach beyond individual life stories, while experimenting with particular forms of animal biographies that might trigger animal activism and concerns for animal well-being, spur historical interest and enrich the literary imagination.

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