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Imaginary animals : the monstrous, the wondrous and the human, Boria Sax

Label
Imaginary animals : the monstrous, the wondrous and the human
Title
Imaginary animals
Title remainder
the monstrous, the wondrous and the human
Statement of responsibility
Boria Sax
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Medieval authors placed fantastic creatures in the borders of manuscripts, since they mark the boundaries of our understanding. Tales throughout the world generally place fabulous beasts in marginal locations. According to apocalyptic visions of the Bible, they will also proliferate as we approach the end of time. Because they challenge our conceptual powers, fantastic creatures also seem to exist at the limits of language. Legends tell us that imaginary animals belong to a primordial time, before we had encompassed the world in names, categories and elaborate conceptual frameworks. This richly illustrated book shows how, despite their liminal role, dog-men, mermaids, and many other imaginary creatures are socially constructed through the same complex play of sensuality and imagination as "real" ones. It traces the history of imaginary animals from Palaeolithic art to the Harry Potter stories. These figures help us psychologically by giving form to our amorphous fears as "monsters", as well as embodying our hopes as "wonders." Yet their greatest service may be to continually challenge our imaginations, directing us beyond the limitations of our conventional beliefs and expectations. -- From book jacket
Cataloging source
ERASA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sax, Boria
Dewey number
  • 700
  • 398.24/54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
  • NX
  • GR825
LC item number
.S288 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Animals, Mythical
  • Monsters
  • Animals, Mythical, in art
  • Animals, Mythical, in literature
  • Animals
  • Cryptozoology
Label
Imaginary animals : the monstrous, the wondrous and the human, Boria Sax
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The true unicorn -- Animal encounters -- What is an 'imaginary animal'? -- Every real animal is imaginary -- Every imaginary animal is real -- Monsters -- Wonders -- Creatures of water -- Creatures of fire and air -- Creatures of Earth -- Shape-shifters -- Mechanical animals
Control code
ocn853452431
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781780231730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781780231730
  • (OCoLC)853452431
Label
Imaginary animals : the monstrous, the wondrous and the human, Boria Sax
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
The true unicorn -- Animal encounters -- What is an 'imaginary animal'? -- Every real animal is imaginary -- Every imaginary animal is real -- Monsters -- Wonders -- Creatures of water -- Creatures of fire and air -- Creatures of Earth -- Shape-shifters -- Mechanical animals
Control code
ocn853452431
Dimensions
26 cm
Extent
278 pages
Isbn
9781780231730
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781780231730
  • (OCoLC)853452431

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