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The Cat and the Human Imagination

feline images from Bast to Garfield

1st paperback ed.
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This edition was published in by University of Michigan Press in Ann Arbor, MI.

The Cat and the Human Imagination is a fascinating historical survey of the changing cultural attitudes towards cats and the myriad ways that they have been depicted in literature and art. Feline images have permeated civilization since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and during this time the status of the cat has changed dramatically. The book examines the changing images-- fertility goddess, sly little predator, agent of Satan, avenging witness, aristocrat, friend, spirit of the home, bloodthirsty killer, seductive female--and relates them to the contexts in which they arose. It also analyzes how human attitudes towards cats seem to have evolved in parallel with attitudes towards animals, towards authority, and towards gender. Western literature and visual art have reflected this change, developing from bare sketches to richly varied expressions of feline personality and human interaction with cats. Katharine M. Rogers seeks out the cats who make appearances in an impressive range of literary and artistic works, providing the first critical look at the symbolic functioning of cat characters in Poe's "The Black Cat," Dickens's Bleak House, and Zola's Therese Raquin, among other literary works. The historical and artistic range covered is impressive, creating a rich compendium that is the ideal book for the cat lover seeking a refreshingly substantial and scholarly work about this fascinating animal. - Publisher.

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The Cat and the Human Imagination: feline images from Bast to Garfield
2000, University of Michigan Press
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The Cat and the Human Imagination is a fascinating historical survey of the changing cultural attitudes towards cats and the myriad ways that they have been depicted in literature and art. Feline images have permeated civilization since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and during this time the status of the cat has changed dramatically. The book examines the changing images-- fertility goddess, sly little predator, agent of Satan, avenging witness, aristocrat, friend, spirit of the home, bloodthirsty killer, seductive female--and relates them to the contexts in which they arose. It also analyzes how human attitudes towards cats seem to have evolved in parallel with attitudes towards animals, towards authority, and towards gender. Western literature and visual art have reflected this change, developing from bare sketches to richly varied expressions of feline personality and human interaction with cats. Katharine M. Rogers seeks out the cats who make appearances in an impressive range of literary and artistic works, providing the first critical look at the symbolic functioning of cat characters in Poe's "The Black Cat," Dickens's Bleak House, and Zola's Therese Raquin, among other literary works. The historical and artistic range covered is impressive, creating a rich compendium that is the ideal book for the cat lover seeking a refreshingly substantial and scholarly work about this fascinating animal. - Publisher.

The Cat and the Human Imagination

feline images from Bast to Garfield

1st paperback ed.

This edition was published in by University of Michigan Press in Ann Arbor, MI.


Table of Contents

Why cats inspire our imagination
A novel addition to the household
The harmless, necessary cat
Agents of the devil
Bearers of magic and mystery
Nemeses and detectives
Cherished companions
Sweet spirits of home
Engaging lawbreakers and charming egotists
Fur people
Successful rivals to dogs
Why cats are hated
Cats as women / Women as cats
The tiger in the house

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
1998

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
222 p.
Dimensions
23 x x centimeters

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Open Library
OL31606069M
ISBN 10
0472087509
ISBN 13
9780472087501

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