By Samuel J. M. M. Alberti
In the quiet halls of the average historical past museum, there are some
creatures nonetheless alive with tales, whose personalities refuse to be relegated to the dusty
corners of an express. the celebrity of those beasts in the course of their lifetimes has given them an iconic
prestige in demise. greater than simply museum specimens, those animals have attained a moment lifestyles as
historic and cultural files. This selection of essays—from a extensive array of contributors,
together with anthropologists, curators, advantageous artists, geographers, historians, and
journalists—comprises brief "biographies" of a couple of recognized taxidermized animals. every one essay
strains the existence, dying, and museum "afterlife" of a selected creature, illuminating
the neglected position of the useless beast within the glossy human-animal come across via practices as
disparate as searching and zookeeping. The members supply clean examinations of the many
degrees at which people interact with different animals, in particular those who functionality as either natural
and cultural phenomena, together with Queen Charlotte’s puppy zebra, Maharajah the elephant, and
Balto the sled puppy, between others. Readers interested in the iconic fascination with animals
who've attained those unusual afterlives might be attracted to the person narratives within
every one essay, whereas studying extra concerning the medical, cultural, and museological contexts of
every one topic. starting from autobiographical to analytical, the participants’ varying
kinds make this pleasant publication a real menagerie.
Contributors: Samuel J. M. M. Alberti, Royal university of Surgeons * Sophie
Everest, collage of Manchester * Kate Foster * Michelle Henning, college of the
West of britain, Bristol * Hayden Lorimer, college of Glasgow * Garry Marvin,
Roehampton collage, London * Henry Nicholls * Hannah Paddon * Merle Patchett
* Christopher Plumb, collage of Manchester * Rachel Poliquin * Jeanne Robinson,
Glasgow Museums * Mike Rutherford, college of the West Indies * Richard C. Sabin,
common heritage Museum * Richard Sutcliffe, Glasgow Museums * Geoffrey N. Swinney,
college of Edinburgh
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