Gorilla (Reaktion Books - Animal)

Gorilla (Reaktion Books - Animal)

Ted Gott, Kathryn Weir

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 178023029X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Since coming to international prominence in the mid-nineteenth century when English, French, and American scientists first encountered them, the gorilla’s physical resemblance to humans has struck a deep chord. Gorillas quickly came to dominate evolutionary debates and grew prevalent in literature, art, film, and popular culture—they are the focus of movies such as Congo and the inspiration for the video game character Donkey Kong and DC Comics super villain Gorilla Grodd. In Gorilla, Ted Grott and Kathryn Weir provide a compelling and unsettling account of our relationship with these highly intelligent animals as they fight extinction due to habitat destruction, commercial hunting, and disease.
 
Gott and Weir describe how early European observations of gorillas in their native Africa were the genesis of literary and artistic representations such as King Kong. At the same time, gorillas became symbolic of sexuality and subconscious, uncontrolled urges, and influenced theories of criminality. It was not until Dian Fossey’s research in the 1960s and 1970s that many misconceptions about the gorilla—especially their violence—were dispelled. A notable history of the gorilla’s influence on our culture and its plight at the hands of humans, Gorilla will appeal to any animal lover wanting to learn more about this noble creature and its uncertain future.

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A few years ago when an American traveller, Mr du Chaillu, returning from the western part of equatorial Africa, brought the remains of many gorillas to London, and recounted marvellous things about this horrendous ape to those hungry for titillating news. The gorilla became the beast à la mode, the favourite of the newspapers and of fashionable city talk, constantly appearing in its place of honour between discussions of cotton and anti-French politics. Filippo De Filippi, ‘L’Uomo e le scimie’.

Blending the creator’s own love of linoleum reduction prints with a jump-cut approach to narrative and a landscape format, and echoing classic French bandes dessinées, Japanese manga and Frank Miller’s film noir ethos. Wright’s dramatic narrative of a silver-back delivering revenge upon a hunter who had killed and pillaged his family group near Rwanda’s Mt Visoke delivers a sober and adult message inspired by the writings of George Schaller and Dian Fossey.9 Cover of Captain Congo and the.

Crowds. Despite these theatrics, John Ringling North’s latest stunt was seen to have a potentially serious side, Australia’s Adelaide Mail reporting that ‘if he is successful, he will have carried out the first successful experiment in mating gorillas in captivity’.60 When Gargantua finally died at the age of twenty after spending a dozen years ‘in a glass and steel prison, with no unfiltered air, no outside noises, and no chance of escape’, during which time he had been seen by more than 40.

Into gorillas or being reincarnated in gorilla form. In 1883 the French adventurer Louis Jacolliot wrote of how he was told by Congolese peoples that the gorilla was not like other apes, for the bodies of some of the fiercest and strongest of these creatures were animated by the spirits of dead people, who were condemned to live out a second life on earth in this new guise as punishment for crimes they had committed during their human existence. The human-gorilla hybrids were believed to be.

Animality. In order for the gorilla to survive, rapid transformation must be effected in assumptions that the natural world exists for the benefit of humanity, transformation grounded in a thorough-going understanding of the interdependent animal nature of the human. References 1 LASCIVIOUS BEAST OR SHY VEGETARIAN? 1 Richard L. Garner, Gorillas and Chimpanzees (London, 1896), p. 214. 2 Donna Haraway, Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science (New York.

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