Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935

Beauty and the Beast Human Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards From fairy tales to photography nowhere is the complexity of human animal relationships apparent than in the creative arts Art illuminates the nature and significance of animals in modern Western th

  • Title: Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935
  • Author: Arnold Arluke Robert Bogdan
  • ISBN: 9780815609810
  • Page: 303
  • Format: Hardcover
  • From fairy tales to photography, nowhere is the complexity of human animal relationships apparent than in the creative arts Art illuminates the nature and significance of animals in modern, Western thought, capturing the complicated union that has long existed between the animal kingdom and us In Beauty and the Beast, authors Arluke and Bogdan explore this relationsFrom fairy tales to photography, nowhere is the complexity of human animal relationships apparent than in the creative arts Art illuminates the nature and significance of animals in modern, Western thought, capturing the complicated union that has long existed between the animal kingdom and us In Beauty and the Beast, authors Arluke and Bogdan explore this relationship through the unique lens of photo postcards This visual medium offers an enormous and relatively untapped archive to document their subject compellingly.The importance of photo postcards goes beyond their abundance Recognized as the people s photography, photo postcards were typically taken by photographers who were part of the community they were photographing Their intimacy with the people and places they captured resulted in a vernacular record of the life and times of the period unavailable in other kinds of photography Arluke and Bogdan use these postcards to tell the story of human animal relations in the United States from approximately 1905 to 1935 During these years, Americans experienced profound changes that altered their connection with animals and influenced perceptions and treatment of them today Wide ranging in scope, Beauty and the Beast looks at the variety of roles animals played in society, from pets and laborers to symbols and prey The authors discuss the contradictions, dualisms, and paradoxes of our relationship to animals, illustrating how animals were distanced and embraced, commoditized and anthropomorphized With over 350 illustrations, this book presents a vivid chronicle of the deep cultural ambivalence that characterized human animal relations in the early twentieth century and that continues today.

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    1. My review from : In the spirit of full disclosure, I know Bogdan slightly, having talked with him at postcard shows on several occasions; in fact, I bought my copy of this book directly from him. I loved the previous book he co-authored with Todd Weseloh, but this one I think is even better. (I also know Weseloh slightly from the show circuit)For years I have recommended to students and others Geary & Webb's Delivering Views as an excellent introduction to the world of scholarship on postcar [...]

    2. The title here is pretty self-explanatory. This is a collection of early picture postcards featuring animals and people. The first few of chapters Pets, Mascots, and Workers are definitely the beauty half of this book. According to the beginning “photo postcards, postcards printed from negatives directly on commercially produced postcard stock” (p1) was very popular during the early part of the 1900’s. It was “during this postcard era animals were becoming a more meaningful part of human [...]

    3. Describe Beauty and the Beast in one word you ask? Thorough. Well, maybe you didn't ask, but too bad, I told you anyway. I was very surprised by this book, I was expecting some cool pictures with a tad bit of social commentary and bam! Done. Well, no, it was much morewellorough, than that. The authors chose a specific period of time (1905-1935) in which to study photographs of human/animal relations in specific categories such as pets, mascots, workers, food, vermin, and symbols. The writing, th [...]

    4. I didn't really enjoy this in ebook format, as something felt missing with the pictures. I believe the authors did a wonderful, thorough job with their research, however. This book would be a best fit for others who are doing similar research between human and animals, rather than a light read for entertainment purposes since it was more of a technical book rather than what I had thought.

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