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The Breathless Zoo
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From sixteenth-century cabinets of wonder and Victorian bird collections to stuffed pets and contemporary animal art, Taxidermy and Longing explores the cultural and poetic history of preserving animals in lifelike postures. While death is what makes taxidermy possible, taxidermy is not motivated by brutality but rather by longing for connection within the natural world – a longing for wonder, beauty, spectacle, order, narrative, allegory, and remembrance. Sometimes the most unlikely things offer the most eloquent commentaries.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. Wonder
  2. pp. 11-42
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  1. 2. Beauty
  2. pp. 43-76
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  1. 3. Spectacle
  2. pp. 77-110
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  1. 4. Order
  2. pp. 111-140
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  1. 5. Narrative
  2. pp. 141-170
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  1. 6. Allegory
  2. pp. 171-198
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  1. 7. Remembrance
  2. pp. 199-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-250
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 251-258
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  1. Back Cover
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