Reel Nature: Americas Romance with Wildlife on Film

Paperback | May 26, 2009

byGregg MitmanForeword byWilliam Cronon

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Winner of the History of Science Society's Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize in the History of Science.

From the early exploits of Teddy Roosevelt in Africa to blockbuster films such as March of the Penguins, Gregg Mitman's Reel Nature reveals how changing values, scientific developments, and new technologies have come to shape American encounters with wildlife on and off the big screen. Whether crafted to elicit thrills or to educate audiences about the real-life drama of threatened wildlife, nature films then and now have had an enormous impact on how Americans see, think about, consume, and struggle to protect animals across the globe.

For more information about the author go to: http://gmitman.com/

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Winner of the History of Science Society's Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize in the History of Science.From the early exploits of Teddy Roosevelt in Africa to blockbuster films such as March of the Penguins, Gregg Mitman's Reel Nature reveals how changing values, scientific developments, and new technologies have come to shape...

Gregg Mitman is William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Interim Director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.05 × 6.02 × 0.82 inPublished:May 26, 2009Publisher:University Of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029598886X

ISBN - 13:9780295988863

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Prologue1 / Hunting with the Camera2 / Science versus Showmanship on the Silent Screen3 / Zooming In on Animals' Private Lives 4 / Wildlife Conservation through a Wide-Angle Lens 5 / Disney's True-Life Adventures 6 / Domesticating Nature on the Television Set 7 / A Ringside Seat in the Making of a Pet Star 8 / Global Visions, Tourist Dreams Epilogue Notes CreditsIndex

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Winner of the History of Science Society's Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize in the History of Science.From the early exploits of Teddy Roosevelt in Africa to blockbuster films such as March of the Penguins, Gregg Mitman's Reel Nature reveals how changing values, scientific developments, and new technologies have come to shape American encounters with wildlife on and off the big screen. Whether crafted to elicit thrills or to educate audiences about the real-life drama of threatened wildlife, nature films then and now have had an enormous impact on how Americans see, think about, consume, and struggle to protect animals across the globe.For more information about the author go to: http://gmitman.com/Few books offer greater insight into the cultural history of American ideas of nature during the twentieth century than this one. Whether one cares about the history of filmmaking, the evolution of American environmental attitudes, or the ways that science, commerce, and entertainment have shaped each other in the creation of American consumer culture, Reel Nature is essential reading. - William Cronon, from the Foreword