Entertaining Elephants Animal Agency and the Business of the American Circus

ISBN-10: 1421408295
ISBN-13: 9781421408293
Authors: Susan Nance
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Consider the career of an enduring if controversial icon of American entertainment: the genial circus elephant. In Entertaining Elephants Susan Nance examines elephant behavior—drawing on the scientific literature of animal cognition, learning, and communications—to offer a study of elephants as actors (rather than objects) in American circus entertainment between 1800 and 1940. By developing a deeper understanding of animal behavior, Nance asserts, we can more fully explain the common history of all species. Entertaining Elephants is the first account that uses research on animal welfare, health, and cognition to interpret the historical record, examining how both circus people and…    

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Susan Nance is assistant professor of U.S. history at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.


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Binding: Hardcover Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press Number of pages: 304 Dimensions: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.98" tall Weight: 1.188 lbs. Language: English