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Displaying Death and Animating Life – Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Displaying Death and Animating Life: Human-Animal Relations in Art, Science, and Everyday Life

Jane C. Desmond


In this book, author Jane C. Desmond offers a performative analysis of the social phenomena that construct human-animal relations. Using an interdisciplinary approach, Desmond explores the shared conditions of embodiment and physical copresence that shape human relationships with animals. She begins by examining human interactions with the bodies of non-individuated animals, including museum exhibitions of dead animals and taxidermy displays. Desmond uses the Body Worlds exhibit of plasticized human corpses as a point of contrast to argue that while human corpses are put on display in a way th ... More

Keywords: animals, animal studies, taxidermy, roadkill, kinship, animal mourning, animal art, mourning for animals, Body Worlds Exhibition, museum displays

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780226144054
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226375519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane C. Desmond, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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