Philip Armstrong Sheep (Animal)

ISBN 13: 9781780235936

Sheep (Animal)

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The ancient Egyptians worshipped them, the Romans dressed them in fitted coats, and the Christians associated them with their divine savior. In Sheep, Philip Armstrong traces the natural and cultural history of both wild and domestic species of ovis, from the Old World mouflon to the corkscrew-horned flocks of the Egyptians, from the Trojan sheep of Homer’s Odyssey to the cannibal sheep of Thomas More’s Utopia, from the vast migratory mobs of Spanish merinos all the way to Dolly—the first animal we have ever cloned—and Haruki Murakami’s sheep-human hybrids.
           
As Armstrong shows, humans have treated sheep with awe, cruelty or disdain for many thousands of years. Our exploitation of them for milk, meat, and wool—but also for artistic and cultural purposes—has shaped both our history and theirs. Despite all that we owe them we have often dismissed sheep as the least witted and least interesting of mammals: to be accused of “sheepishness” or behaving “like a flock of sheep” is to be denigrated for lack of courage, individuality, or will. Yet, as this book demonstrates, sheep actually possess highly sophisticated social skills and emotional intelligence. Above all, Sheep demonstrates that sometimes the most mundane animals turn out to be the most surprising.

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Philip Armstrong is associate professor of English at Canterbury University in New Zealand and codirector of the New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies. His books include What Animals Mean

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“In Sheep, a superb volume that more than meets the high bar set in the Reaktion Books Animal Series, scholar Philip Armstrong notes that ‘no other domestic animal fades from view, even as we use it, quite as completely as the sheep’—before setting this situation to rights. In six chapters with titles such as ‘Sheepishness’ and ‘A Sheep-shaped World,’ each graced with gorgeous illustrations in natural and cultural history ranging from ‘The exuberantly polycerate Jacob Sheep’ that can have up to six horns to ‘Don Quixote’s ovine delusion,’ Armstrong produces a sheep manifesto that’s both delightful and disturbing.”
  (Times Literary Supplement)

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Philip Armstrong
Verlag: Reaktion Books Mai 2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 1780235933 ISBN 13: 9781780235936
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Buchbeschreibung Reaktion Books Mai 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. Neuware - A unique exploration of the biology and history of sheep, as well as their place in literature and other creative arts. 208 pp. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781780235936

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