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What Species of Creatures: Animal Relations from the New World

Kirsch, Sharon

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ISBN 10: 1554200407 / ISBN 13: 9781554200405
Published by New Star Books, Vancouver, 2008
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Title: What Species of Creatures: Animal Relations ...

Publisher: New Star Books, Vancouver

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First Printing.

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Literary Nonfiction. North American History. Science. Three centuries ago, white Europeans began to colonize the North American continent. In doing so, they encountered flying squirrels, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and the easily tamed beaver: creatures their kind had never met before. The accounts of early explorers and settlers in describing these animals and others provide fascinating insight into the taxonomies they carried to the so-called New World. Their literature of discovery was by turns comic, cruel and adulatory. This book brings together period quotes and 21st-century science in an idiosyncratic narrative. Extended anecdote conveys the adventures of historical personalities, and the book borrows, too, from fables, children's stories and natural histories. Yet WHAT SPECIES OF CREATURES addresses present concerns—our habitual understanding of wild animals and our own place in the natural order. In the process of quoting from and commenting upon European ancestors' speciesist arrogance, Kirsch interrogates our seemingly insatiable appetite to trap, catch, skin, domesticate, eat, eradicate or otherwise bend to our use the animals in our midst.

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Sharon Kirsch was born in Montreal and has lived in York, England, and Washington, D.C. She graduated from McGill University and was later awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study Middle English at the University of York in England. More recently, she completed a program in creative non-fiction at the Humber School for Writers, studying with Howard Norman.

Her travel stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. She is a freelance editor and writer with a longstanding passion for animals.

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