The Imaginary of Animals

The Imaginary of Animals

Author: Annabelle Dufourcq

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000414295

Category: Science

Page: 280

View: 956

This book explores the phenomenon of animal imagination and its profound power over the human imagination. It examines the structural and ethical role that the human imagination must play to provide an interface between humans’ subjectivity and the real cognitive capacities of animals. The book offers a systematic study of the increasing importance of the metaphors, the virtual, and figures in contemporary animal studies. It explores human-animal and real-imaginary dichotomies, revealing them to be the source of oppressive cultural structures. Through an analysis of creative, playful and theatric enactments and mimicry of animal behaviors and communication, the book establishes that human imagination is based on animal imagination. This helps redefine our traditional knowledge about animals and presents new practices and ethical concerns in regard to the animals. The book strongly contends that allowing imagination to play a role in our relation to animals will lead to the development of a more empathetic approach towards them. Drawing on works in phenomenology, contemporary animal philosophy, as well as ethological evidence and biosemiotics, this book is the first to rethink the traditional philosophical concepts of imagination, images, the imaginary, and reality in the light of a zoocentric perspective. It will appeal to philosophers, scholars and students in the field of animal studies, as well as anyone interested in human and non-human imaginations.

The Imaginary of Animals

The Imaginary of Animals

Author: Annabelle Dufourcq

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000414325

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 931

This book explores the phenomenon of animal imagination and its profound power over the human imagination. It examines the structural and ethical role that the human imagination must play to provide an interface between humans’ subjectivity and the real cognitive capacities of animals. The book offers a systematic study of the increasing importance of the metaphors, the virtual, and figures in contemporary animal studies. It explores human-animal and real-imaginary dichotomies, revealing them to be the source of oppressive cultural structures. Through an analysis of creative, playful and theatric enactments and mimicry of animal behaviors and communication, the book establishes that human imagination is based on animal imagination. This helps redefine our traditional knowledge about animals and presents new practices and ethical concerns in regard to the animals. The book strongly contends that allowing imagination to play a role in our relation to animals will lead to the development of a more empathetic approach towards them. Drawing on works in phenomenology, contemporary animal philosophy, as well as ethological evidence and biosemiotics, this book is the first to rethink the traditional philosophical concepts of imagination, images, the imaginary, and reality in the light of a zoocentric perspective. It will appeal to philosophers, scholars and students in the field of animal studies, as well as anyone interested in human and non-human imaginations.

The Great Book of the Imaginary Animal Kingdom

The Great Book of the Imaginary Animal Kingdom

Author: Beto Valencia Cevallos

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798712372621

Category:

Page: 68

View: 329

What if nature had created animals that are different from those that exist? An elephant tortoise, a butterfly monkey, a squid giraffe ... How fun would the animal kingdom be with different species that we know!In "THE GREAT BOOK OF THE IMAGINARY ANIMAL KINGDOM" you will find the most impressive imaginary animals created by visual artist Beto Val. 60 spectacular collages, carefully crafted from beautiful antique, royalty-free animal illustrations.For whom is this? This is not a book to read... but to dream! An ideal book to awaken the imagination and creativity of readers of all ages. It is the perfect gift for curious and creative kids, teens, or anyone who wants to spend some quality time discovering the most amazing animals ever created.Characteristics: Its practical format also allows you to detach each page of your favorite animal and frame it to decorate any corner of your home. 60 imaginary animals ready to frame!About the author: Beto Val, is a publicist, writer, and visual artist with more than 20 years of experience in Ecuador, creating, editing, and publishing books for boys and girls, with Zonacuario publishing house. Now, with his publishing label "LIBROS INQUIETOS", he publishes works of great aesthetic and literary quality. Taking special care in multiculturalism, equity, tolerance, and respect for the environment, he publishes books to awaken the imagination and the awe of those who read the

Imaginary Animals

Imaginary Animals

Author: Boria Sax

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780232133

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

View: 651

Fire-breathing dragons, beautiful mermaids, majestic unicorns, terrifying three-headed dogs—these fantastic creatures have long excited our imagination. Medieval authors placed them in the borders of manuscripts as markers of the boundaries of our understanding. Tales from around the world place these beasts in deserts, deep woods, remote islands, ocean depths, and alternate universes—just out of our reach. And in the sections on the apocalypse in the Bible, they proliferate as the end of time approaches, with horses with heads like lions, dragons, and serpents signaling the destruction of the world. Legends tell us that imaginary animals belong to a primordial time, before everything in the world had names, categories, and conceptual frameworks. In this book, Boria Sax digs into the stories of these fabulous beasts. He shows how, despite their liminal role, imaginary animals like griffins, dog-men, yetis, and more are socially constructed creatures, created through the same complex play of sensuality and imagination as real ones. Tracing the history of imaginary animals from Paleolithic art to their roles in stories such as Harry Potter and even the advent of robotic pets, he reveals that these extraordinary figures help us psychologically—as monsters, they give form to our amorphous fears, while as creatures of wonder, they embody our hopes. Their greatest service, Sax concludes, is to continually challenge our imaginations, directing us beyond the limitations of conventional beliefs and expectations. Featuring over 230 illustrations of a veritable menagerie of fantastical and unreal beasts, Imaginary Animals is a feast for the eyes and the imagination.

Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals

Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals

Author: Carla Sonheim

Publisher: Quarry Books

ISBN: 9781610586283

Category: Art

Page: 144

View: 447

Rediscover a more child-like approach to creating with Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals! Through fun and creative exercises, Carla Sonheim teaches you to draw a variety of fun animals and creatures, including: - Dogs - Birds - Elephants - Fish - Cats - Rabbits - And many others You'll also find a variety of unique mixed-media techniques to help you bring your creatures to life, resulting in a unique finished art piece. Improve your drawing skills, expand your creativity, and learn new art techniques—and have loads of fun doing it!—with Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals.

An Imaginary Bridge for Cameron

An Imaginary Bridge for Cameron

Author: Eric R. Hoare

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 9781631353048

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 24

View: 501

In this day and age, families need to create opportunities to come together and bond. Every moment can and should be special. An Imaginary Bridge is the story of a father and son making a lifelong connection with each other. The dad wants to spend time with his son playing and bonding, but their time together is just superficial bonding. Spending time together is good, but really connecting on different levels is what makes these times memorable and special, so they will become lasting moments in time. When the son and his imaginary friends work together to find his dad's lost imagination, they end up working together to build a profound and lasting bond between the two. In the process, An Imaginary Bridge for Cameron becomes a real bridge that will last forever between father and son.

The Mark of the Beast

The Mark of the Beast

Author: Debra Hassig

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135660451

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 252

View: 209

The medieval bestiary was a contribution to didactic religious literature, addressing concerns central to all walks of Christian and secular life. These essays analyze the bestiary from both literary and art historical perspectives, exploring issues including kinship, romance, sex, death, and the afterlife.

Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them

Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them

Author: Marjorie Taylor

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190287139

Category: Psychology

Page: 224

View: 303

Many parents delight in their child's imaginary companion as evidence of a lively imagination and creative mind. At the same time, parents sometimes wonder if the imaginary companion might be a sign that something is wrong. Does having a pretend friend mean that the child is in emotional distress? That he or she has difficulty communicating with other children? In this fascinating book, Marjorie Taylor provides an informed look at current thinking about pretend friends, dispelling many myths about them. In the past a child with an imaginary companion might have been considered peculiar, shy, or even troubled, but according to Taylor the reality is much more positive--and interesting. Not only are imaginary companions surprisingly common, the children who have them tend to be less shy than other children. They also are better able to focus their attention and to see things from another person's perspective. In addition to describing imaginary companions and the reasons children create them, Taylor discusses other aspects of children's fantasy lives, such as their belief in Santa, their dreams, and their uncertainty about the reality of TV characters. Adults who remember their own childhood pretend friends will be interested in the chapter on the relationship between imaginary companions in childhood and adult forms of fantasy. Taylor also addresses practical concerns, providing many useful suggestions for parents. For example, she describes how children often express their own feelings by attributing them to their imaginary companion. If you have a child who creates imaginary creatures, or if you work with pre-schoolers, you will find this book very helpful in understanding the roles that imaginary companions play in children's emotional lives.