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Animals with human faces : a guide to animal symbolism

Author: Beryl Rowland
Publisher: [Knoxville] : University of Tennessee Press, [1973]
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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Why was ermine the fur used to decorate the robes of State? What lies behind such popular expressions as "wolf-whistle" and a "snake-in-the-grass"? Why are nightclub waitresses called bunnygirls? In "Animals with Human Faces", Beryl Rowland provides answers -- some whimsical, some erudite -- to these and many other questions relating to the animal as symbol. Professor Rowland here discusses the fascinating  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reference works
Folklore
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Beryl Rowland
ISBN: 0870491369 9780870491368
OCLC Number: 600199
Description: xix, 192 pages : illustrations ; 17 x 27 cm
Responsibility: Beryl Rowland.

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Why was ermine the fur used to decorate the robes of State? What lies behind such popular expressions as "wolf-whistle" and a "snake-in-the-grass"? Why are nightclub waitresses called bunnygirls? In "Animals with Human Faces", Beryl Rowland provides answers -- some whimsical, some erudite -- to these and many other questions relating to the animal as symbol. Professor Rowland here discusses the fascinating symbolical and allegorical meanings of forty-seven animals form earliest times to the present. Over fifty illustrations, gathered largely from medieval manuscripts, add a delightful dimension to the study. Professor Rowland shows why certain qualities came to be associated with animals, and how these qualities were stereotyped over the centuries by their use in art, literature, and folklore. In doing so, she provides a key to animal symbolism as encountered in the works of novelists, poets, artists, dramatists, film-makers, and advertisers; her emphases throughout is on current usage. Arranged alphabetically, "Animals with Human Faces" makes an engaging study. -- From publisher's description.

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