Frog King

Overview

In this illuminating discussion of the role of animals in Western thought, the author shows, through his analysis of folklore, popular ideas, and natural history, that man's traditional fascination with animals is more than it appears. Professor Sax asserts that "animals put us in touch with modes of perception that are prior to culture. Encounters with animals compel us to question what it means to be human." After summarizing recent research on the bonds between animals and people, the author discusses the two ...
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Overview

In this illuminating discussion of the role of animals in Western thought, the author shows, through his analysis of folklore, popular ideas, and natural history, that man's traditional fascination with animals is more than it appears. Professor Sax asserts that "animals put us in touch with modes of perception that are prior to culture. Encounters with animals compel us to question what it means to be human." After summarizing recent research on the bonds between animals and people, the author discusses the two major traditions of animal tales in Western culture, fables and fairy tales. Also discussed is what role specific animals, such as the beaver, stag, and elephant, have played in Western thought.
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Helmut Meyer In Deutsche Tierarztliche Wochenschrift
The book, adorned with a great many black and white illustrations, is simultaneously entertaining and educational.
Anthrozoos
...a charming and provocative excursion through the enchanted realm of articulate animals who communicate with people on many levels. Sax provides insightful analyses that will not only delight readers and stimulate scholars but also add much to our knowledge of the ways in which animal symbolism reflects and is affected by societal forces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780944473016
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 4/30/1990
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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