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Elephant House

by Nigel Rothfels Penn State University Press
Pub Date:
10/2015
ISBN:
9780271070858
Format:
Hbk 108 pages
Price:
AU$64.99 NZ$69.56
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Traces the history of the Asian elephant display at the Oregon Zoo from the 1950s to the present. An introduction by historian Nigel Rothfels explores changes in elephant husbandry since the 1870s.


Contents

Foreword

Mike Keele

Elephant House

Nigel Rothfels

Photographs by Dick Blau

List of Photographs

Acknowledgments


“These photographs are mesmerizing. . . . Blau’s photographs do not return us to a state of innocence with these animals. While the tenderness with which they are cared for is clear and their alert intelligence undeniable, these images haunt us because they forcefully convey how different this consciousness is from our own. Their intelligence, together with their beauty and magnificence, for a brief moment relieves us of our egoistical insistence on our imagined primacy as a species.”

—Tom Knechtel, Artillery

Nigel Rothfels is a historian of animals and culture. He is the author of Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo, which examines the origins of naturalistic displays in zoos; the editor of Representing Animals, a foundational interdisciplinary collection in the field of animal studies; and the editor of Animalibus, Penn State Press’s scholarly series about animals and culture.

Dick Blau, a photographer and filmmaker, is a coauthor of Skyros Carnival, Bright Balkan Morning, and Polka Happiness, three photo-ethnographies that look at the transformative power of music and dance. His work on familial emotion is featured in Jane Gallop's Living with His Camera, readings in the theory of domestic photography.