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ix Acknowledgments When I first began thinking about this project, I had just gotten a puppy. For some time I had been wondering about a way to write about the relation between a human and a horse, a relation that—­ in the parlance of riding—­ works all the better for being “quiet.” Could there ever be a writing that recounts the kind of questioning-by-giving-way that horse lovers always and continually have to learn in order to engage with these sensitive and powerful creatures? That question I have yet to answer. The dog I had brought home turned my attention canine-­ ward, leading me to recall with delight the claims by seventeenth-­ century sportsmen that dogs possessed tails simply to display their own pleasure in hunting. In one way of thinking, that explanation makes perfect sense; after all, a horse’s tail works well to swish away flies—­ and to show displeasure—­ so why should a dog’s tail not display pleasure, especially given how much joy it brings to humans? This project as a whole grows from that joy, found in the cynosure of possibility, of what a tail means to a dog wagging it. The limitless questions that arise from the simple fact that there are dogs in the world would seem to be due to the limitless variety of dogs, to their apparent insistence on distinguishing themselves from one another in all their diverse challenges to imposed limits. The dogs seen from afar, and the one dog whose long life (but not long enough) has become a poignant memory, warrant far more questions than I have posed here, and more possibilities for posing their own questions than we now allow. Research for chapter 2 was generously supported by a John H. Daniels Fellowship at the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia. The staff at this delightful research facility made certain that I had access to virtually all the literature a dog lover could ever hope to dig up. Liz Tobey, in particular, went out of her way to make certain the month I spent there was productive and enlightening. Liz has since shown herself to be a true friend, one I cherish. I am also thankful to the staff at the Chapin-­ Horowitz Dog Book Collection of William and Mary University for making time to guide me through their vast holdings. Parts of chapters 2 and 3 appeared, in an early form, as “Foxhounds, Curs, and the Dawn of Breeding: The Discourse of Modern Human-­ Canine Relations,” in Cultural Critique 79 (2011): 125–­41. Part of chapter 4 appeared in World Picture 11, as “Biting the Philosopher’s Hand: Other People’s Dogs, Other Responses.” Brian Price kindly read large chunks of the work in progress, multiple times, and his comments always compelled me to refine my thinking, to read more, to take up further inquiry. Excellent host, fellow imbiber, and challenging intellectual, Brian remains a valued colleague and friend from afar, though how he can bear a life without a dog I cannot understand. Other people who offered support in many, many ways include Kevin Jackson, Claire Preston, Chris Page, Anne Dunan, Carol Moder, along with my fellow panelists at the ACLA conferences x| Acknowledgments where I read versions of drafts. Special recognition is due to Otto M. Austin. Linda Kalof has proven to be the kind of editor one can only dream of. And most of all, Linda Austin has set aside her own work, time and again, to read through yet another draft, to offer her advice, to give me her support, and to share my love of dogs. ...

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ISBN
9781609175405
Related ISBN
9781611862584
MARC Record
OCLC
990618932
Pages
182
Launched on MUSE
2017-06-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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