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Displaying Death And Animating Life: Human-animal Relations In Art, Science, And Everyday Life

byJane C. Desmond

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The number of ways in which humans interact with animals is almost incalculable. From beloved household pets to the steak on our dinner tables, the fur in our closets to the Babar books on our shelves, taxidermy exhibits to local zoos, humans have complex, deep, and dependent relationships with the animals in our ecosystems. In Displaying Death and Animating Life, Jane C. Desmond puts those human-animal relationships under a multidisciplinary lens, focusing on the less obvious, and revealing the individualities and subjectivities of the real animals in our everyday lives.

Desmond, a pioneer in the field of animal studies, builds the book on a number of case studies. She conducts research on-site at major museums, taxidermy conventions, pet cemeteries, and even at a professional conference for writers of obituaries. She goes behind the scenes at zoos, wildlife clinics, and  meetings of pet cemetery professionals. We journey with her as she meets Kanzi, the bonobo artist, and a host of other animal-artists—all of whom are preparing their artwork for auction. Throughout, Desmond moves from a consideration of the visual display of unindividuated animals, to mourning for known animals, and finally to the marketing of artwork by individual animals. The first book in the new Animal Lives series, Displaying Death and Animating Life is a landmark study, bridging disciplines and reaching across divisions from the humanities and social sciences to chart new territories of investigation.

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Jane C. Desmond is professor of anthropology and gender and women’s studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of Staging Tourism, also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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Title:Displaying Death And Animating Life: Human-animal Relations In Art, Science, And Everyday LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:August 18, 2016Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
1                      Introduction: Passionate Encounters with Animals in Everyday Life—Beyond the Mainstream
 
Part One    Theaters of the Dead: Humans and Nonhuman Animals
 
2                      Postmortem Exhibitions: Taxidermied Animals and Plastinated Corpses in the Theaters of the Dead
3                      Inside “Animal” and Outside “Culture”: The Limits to “Sameness” and Rhetorics of Salvation in von Hagens’s Animal Inside Out Body Worlds Exhibition
 
Part Two   Mourning and the Unmourned
 
4          On the Margins of Death: Pet Cemeteries and Mourning Practices
5          Grievable Lives and New Kinships: Pet Cemeteries and the Changing Geographies of Death
6          Animal Deaths and the Written Record of History: The Inflammatory Politics of Pet Obituaries in Newspapers
7          Requiem for Roadkill: Death, Denial, and Mourning on America’s Roads
 
Part Three  Animating Life: Cognition, Expressivity, and the Art Market
 
8          “Art” by Animals, Part 1: The Transnational Market for Art by (Nonprimate) Animals
9          “Art” by Animals, Part 2: When the Artist Is an Ape—Popular and Scientific Discourse and Paintings by Primates
 
10         Conclusion: “Every Bird a ‘Blueboy’” and Why It Matters for “Animal Studies”
 
Notes
Index
 

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“This book is a unique source of ‘food for thought’ about the comparative value of human and nonhuman lives, and ultimately, the appropriate and inappropriate ways of displaying animal deaths. Through a series of selected anecdotes and case studies, the author takes a multidisciplinary approach to understudied areas within human-animal relationships, including museum exhibitions, burial and mourning practices, and artworks made by animals. A critical aspect of this work is the careful analysis of the various emotional and artistic expressions of animals’ afterlife across different human societies. . . . The overarching implications of this book are extensive, as they address the meaning of a diverse range of lives. Recommended.”