Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature

Stories Rabbits Tell: A Natural and Cultural History of a Misunderstood Creature

by Susan E. Davis, Margo DeMello
     
 

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Long considered either pests or figures of cartoon fun, rabbits are in fact the most popular pets after cats and dogs in the United States. In Stories Rabbits Tell, Susan E. Davis and Margo DeMello explore the relationship between rabbits and people throughout time, from the perspectives of natural history, cultural anthropology and the current debate over animal…  See more details below

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Long considered either pests or figures of cartoon fun, rabbits are in fact the most popular pets after cats and dogs in the United States. In Stories Rabbits Tell, Susan E. Davis and Margo DeMello explore the relationship between rabbits and people throughout time, from the perspectives of natural history, cultural anthropology and the current debate over animal consciousness. Stories Rabbits Tell is destined to become an indispensable guide for the increasing number of people interested in caring for and finding out more about these intriguing creatures.

Author Biography:Susan E. Davis has written for the Washington Post, Ladies Home Journal and Sports Illustrated. Her previous books include Toddler Play and The Sporting Life, and she is a national educator with the House Rabbit Society.

Margo DeMello is a cultural anthropologist and was the Education Director for the House Rabbit Society. She has one of the only "warrens" (large groups of domestic, free-roaming house rabbits) in the United States.

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"Most people approach rabbits as if they were stuffed animals: cute, but not capable of much except, maybe, eating carrots and twitching their noses," note Davis (writer and rabbit owner) and DeMello (president of the House Rabbit Society), who present quite a different picture: rabbits (and hares) are complex, social creatures intertwined with human culture. To date, no book has so closely examined the behavior and place of the rabbit-as pet, prey, pest and mythic figure-in history. As the only animal Westerners use as both pet and meat, the rabbit reflects some of our most unsettling cultural contradictions. Part literary companion, with analyses of rabbits in art and literature from poet William Cowper to Beatrix Potter, and part clear-eyed review of facts on rabbit "industry" and rabbit biology, this volume imparts insight into the genesis of pet keeping, the fur industry and the permutations of rabbits in folklore. With colorful anecdotes (including one about introducing Jack, a rabbit grieving for his mate, to new friends), this absorbing book opens the door on the realm of all things lagomorph. The prevalence of rabbits in folklore (as fools, mischief makers and sexualized witches) reveals just how much baggage this small creature has carried, up through the age of the Playboy Bunny. (July) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781590560440
Publisher:
Lantern Books NY
Publication date:
07/05/2003
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
796,540
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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