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Introduction : Viewing animals

Fudge, Erica (2005) Introduction : Viewing animals. Worldviews, 9 (2). pp. 155-165.

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The introduction to this special issue of Worldviews goes back to the first European encounters with the New World as a way of opening up a discussion about the nature of viewing animals. I argue that, just as the Europeans transformed this New World into a recognisable one in the sixteenth century, so too do we constantly transform the natural world that we view. The process of comprehension is offered as classification followed by observation, then representation, and all of these elements of our engagements with animals take place, I argue, in particular contexts: historical, geographical, cultural, intellectual. The critic "reading" animals, and reading human observations of animals must take these factors into consideration when thinking about the act of engagement.

Item type: Article
ID code: 29519
Keywords: animals, history, observation , representation, reading animals, History (General), Ecology, Religious studies, Philosophy, Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law, Cultural Studies, Geography, Planning and Development
Subjects: History General and Old World > History (General)
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2011 14:54
Last modified: 24 Jul 2015 08:16

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