Fox [NOOK Book]

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Foxes live throughout the world in widely different habitats from forest to desert to the Arctic. What is surprising, though, is that scientists admit that very little is actually known about the lives and habits of foxes. The reason, which this book explores in depth, is that foxes are almost universally despised as being wicked. From the time of Aristotle, naturalists have succumbed to the general bias against foxes, either openly asserting that foxes are barely worthy of consideration or worrying about the ...
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Fox

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Overview

Foxes live throughout the world in widely different habitats from forest to desert to the Arctic. What is surprising, though, is that scientists admit that very little is actually known about the lives and habits of foxes. The reason, which this book explores in depth, is that foxes are almost universally despised as being wicked. From the time of Aristotle, naturalists have succumbed to the general bias against foxes, either openly asserting that foxes are barely worthy of consideration or worrying about the health threat they pose. While this low regard is understandable, since foxes steal chickens and have a strong odour, they are strikingly beautiful animals possessed of a startling intelligence.
Throughout Europe and Asia, folk tales and myths have built up around the fox, depicting it variously as unrepentant thief and seducer, shapeshifter and deceiver, as an outlaw whose primary purpose is to disrupt human social order. The fear and loathing people feel (paradoxically mixed with fascination) toward foxes are reflected in the many fox-terms that have entered different languages. In Japan, for example, various plants are identified with fox-names to indicate how they are supposedly used by foxes in an alternate universe. The contradictory attitudes toward foxes are exemplified in America and Europe by their classification as vermin at the same time as they are preserved and propagated by foxhunters and fur trappers, and depicted as loveable furry creatures in the movies.
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"Incisive and erudite."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861894922
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Animal
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 859,562
  • File size: 16 MB
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Meet the Author


Martin Wallen is professor of English at Oklahoma State University. He is the author of Coleridge’s "Ancient Mariner": An Experimental Edition of Texts and Revisions and City of Health, Fields of Disease: Revolution in the Poetry, Medicine, and Philosophy of Romanticism.
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Table of Contents


1.  The Fox in Nature
2.  Vulpine Myths, Folk Tales and Allegory
3.  The Linguistic Fox
4.  Fox-hunting
5.  The Commercial Fox
6.  Twentieth-century Fox:  The Cinema
 
Timeline
Evolution Charts
Genera and Species of
Fox Worldwide
References
Bibliography
Associations and Websites
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
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  • Posted September 25, 2011

    Must read for anyone that loves foxes and wants to know about them in myth and legend, as well as in the real world sense.

    The book describes mostly what I was looking to find out about foxes. Although I dislike the fox-hunting section of this book, the other sections explain in very good detail the common misconceptions and myths surrounding foxes in general. This includes their trickster aspect and their ambiguity, especially since foxes act more like cats and are more cat like than they are canid/dog like.

    Overall, I'd recommend this book to anyone that is looking to learn more about the fox as a whole and who wants to know some of the underlining meaning behind foxes in myths, legends, and the way it has impacted human contact with foxes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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