Animal Modernity: Jumbo the Elephant and the Human Dilemma by Susan Nance

By Susan Nance

The idea that of 'modernity' is imperative to many disciplines, yet what's modernity to animals? Susan Nance solutions this question via an intensive reinterpretation of the lifetime of Jumbo the elephant. within the Eighteen Eighties, shoppers, the media, zoos, circuses and taxidermists, and (unknowingly) Jumbo himself, remodeled the elephant from an orphan of the worldwide ivory exchange and zoo captive right into a distracting overseas famous person. electorate on continents imaged Jumbo as a sentient person and puppy, yet have been aghast whilst he died in an business coincidence and his is still have been absorbed via the taxidermic and animal rendering industries reserved for nameless animals. The case of Jumbo uncovered the 'human hindrance' of recent dwelling, in which humans celebrated person animals to manage or distract themselves from the wholesale slaughter of animals required by way of sleek consumerism.

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See also, Lippit, “The Death of an Animal,” Lippit, Electric Animal, 17–18. 94 Donald, Picturing Animals in Britain, vii. 95 Burt, Animals in Film, 35–36; Ritvo, Animal Estate, 232. 96 Cornish, Wild Animals in Captivity, 278 97 Starr, Creation of the Media, 252; Stoneley “Sentimental Emasculations,” 53–72. 98 Murdock, Domesticating Drink, 114–32. 99 Kete, “Introduction: Animals and Empire,” 5–7. See for instance, “Jumbo’s Very Affecting Embarkation,” souvenir booklet, Newspaper Clippings: Jumbo, HAWP.

0006 Jumbo: Sentient Animal Celebrity 31 rambling, working-class, Cockney-accented storyteller and lampooner of current events, Sketchley had her explain to fellow citizens that Jumbo could not possibly be the monster behind the scenes that Bartlett claimed, praising the Londoners who “ ‘as ‘ad many a good cry over Jumbo, poor thing! 104 Britons had fondness for minstrelsy and growing sense (among the middle-classes especially) of themselves as a nation of animal lovers, with various meanings that functioned to simultaneously claim power over the United States, people of African descent, and animals.

Another two ran into a corn field, after upsetting half a dozen people. Friday, August 25th. Y. Henry Morgan’s elephant ran close to the poles, throwing him in the way of the other racing elephant, who, stepping on him broke his leg. William Hicks, jockey, was thrown from his horse and broke his breast bone. 13 Life and labor in a traveling circus was exhausting and dangerous, for people and animals.

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