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Becoming animal

ISBN: 9781803093321
Format: Hardback
Publisher: *Seagull Books
Origin: GB
Release Date: May, 2024

Book Details

An unveiling of the presence of captivating figures and creatures throughout history. In this gripping philosophical and cultural exploration, Teresa Praauer sets out to investigate figures of transformation, transmission, and translation-across languages, cultures, genres, media, species, and spaces. Hybrids, chimeras, monsters, and liminal creatures of all sorts inhabit these pages, as indeed they do the pages of the cultural archive from Antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present day: everything from the harpies, ape-men, and cynocephali that inhabit the edges of medieval maps and taxonomies to the Krampuses and Furries that roam through Alpine villages and convention centers today. Yet these chimeras are not aberrations; rather, they reveal an essential truth about culture and artistic expression. What emerges in Becoming Animal is a kaleidoscopic image of culture as the constant probing of the limits of the sayable, as an unending process of attempting to capture in words and symbols that which cannot be pinned down.