A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Our Culture, by Annie Potts

By Annie Potts

a brand new Zealand booklet of Beasts is a groundbreaking exam of the interactions among people and 'nonhuman animals' - either actual and imagined - in New Zealand's arts and literature, pop culture, historiography, media and daily life. established in 4 elements - Animal Icons, Animal partners, paintings Animals and debatable Animals - the ebook of Beasts touches on topi as different as moa-hunting and the SPCA, pest-control and pet-keeping, whaling and whale-watching; on species starting from sheep to sperm whales and from pekapeka to possums; and at the works of authors and artists as a variety of as Samuel Butler and Witi Ihimaera, girl Mary Anne Barker and Janet body, Michael Parekowhai and Don Binney, invoice Hammond and Fiona Pardington. In reading via literature, paintings and tradition the methods New Zealanders use and abuse, form and are formed by means of, glorify and co-opt, and describe and picture animals, the authors let us know very much approximately our society and tradition: how we comprehend our personal identities and people of others; how we regard, inhabit and utilize the wildlife; and the way we expect approximately what to shop for, devour, put on, watch and skim. this can be an interesting, unique and scholarly rigorous ebook of cultural feedback and a considerate addition to New Zealand literature.

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