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Baker provides an animated discussion of how animals enter into the iconography of power through wartime depictions of the enemy, political cartoons, and sports symbolism. He examines a phenomenon he calls the "disnification" of animals, meaning a reduction of the animal to the trivial and stupid, and shows how books featuring talking animals underscore human superiority. He also discusses how his findings might inform the strategies of animal rights advocates seeking to call public attention to animal suffering and abuse. Until animals are extricated from the baggage of imposed images, Baker maintains, neither they nor their predicaments can be clearly seen.
For this edition, Baker provides a new introduction, specifically addressing an American audience, that touches on such topics as the Cow Parade and animatronic animals in recent films.
|Foreword to the Illinois paperback|
|Introduction to the Illinois paperback|
|Preface to the first edition: The signifying animal|
|Pt. I||History and power|
|1||From massacred cats and lucky cows: history and mentalites||3|
|2||Eagles, lions and bulldogs: an iconography of power||33|
|Pt. II||Hatred and pleasure|
|3||Mad dogs and half-human beasts: the rhetoric of animality||77|
|4||Of Maus and more: narrative, pleasure and talking animals||120|
|Pt. III||Contradiction and change|
|5||Is it real or is it Disney?: unravelling the animal system||165|
|6||Escaping the ratking: strategic images for animal rights||187|