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A New Zealand Book of Beasts: Animals in Our Culture, by Annie Potts

By Annie Potts

a brand new Zealand e-book of Beasts is a groundbreaking exam of the interactions among people and 'nonhuman animals' - either actual and imagined - in New Zealand's arts and literature, pop culture, historiography, media and lifestyle. based in 4 elements - Animal Icons, Animal partners, paintings Animals and arguable Animals - the booklet of Beasts touches on topi as diversified as moa-hunting and the SPCA, pest-control and pet-keeping, whaling and whale-watching; on species starting from sheep to sperm whales and from pekapeka to possums; and at the works of authors and artists as numerous as Samuel Butler and Witi Ihimaera, girl Mary Anne Barker and Janet body, Michael Parekowhai and Don Binney, invoice Hammond and Fiona Pardington. In interpreting via literature, artwork and tradition the methods New Zealanders use and abuse, form and are formed by means of, glorify and co-opt, and describe and picture animals, the authors let us know very much approximately our society and tradition: how we comprehend our personal identities and people of others; how we regard, inhabit and utilize the wildlife; and the way we predict approximately what to shop for, consume, put on, watch and browse. this can be an attractive, unique and scholarly rigorous e-book of cultural feedback and a considerate addition to New Zealand literature.

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