By Susan Nance
The concept that of 'modernity' is primary to many disciplines, yet what's modernity to animals? Susan Nance solutions this question via a thorough reinterpretation of the lifetime of Jumbo the elephant. within the Eighteen Eighties, shoppers, the media, zoos, circuses and taxidermists, and (unknowingly) Jumbo himself, reworked the elephant from an orphan of the worldwide ivory alternate and zoo captive right into a distracting overseas megastar. electorate on continents imaged Jumbo as a sentient person and puppy, yet have been aghast while he died in an commercial coincidence and his is still have been absorbed by means of the taxidermic and animal rendering industries reserved for nameless animals. The case of Jumbo uncovered the 'human issue' of recent dwelling, in which humans celebrated person animals to manage or distract themselves from the wholesale slaughter of animals required via glossy consumerism.
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2 In fact, the novelty and literature sellers were offering passers-by an invitation to explore Jumbo’s famous life events in their role as consumers (not as students, voters, workers, church-goers, or what-have-you). 3 New York Times readers would have found the account of the “London correspondent” comprehensible and interesting because it reflected their own powerfully prolific market for celebrity news. Times readers would have looked just to the left of the “Stray London Town Talk” piece to see that famous robber Billy the Kid had been apprehended in Minneapolis.
Lesarge to P. T. Barnum, February 22, 1882 quoted in Barnum, Life of P. T. Barnum, 331; see, for instance, various letter reprinted in “Jumbo and His Friends,” Daily Telegraph (London), February 23, 2015. See also, “The Cry of the Children,” Punch, or the London Charivari 82 (March 4, 1882): 98. 0006 38 Animal Modernity 79 “Jumbo and His Friends,” Daily Telegraph (London), February 23, 1882. 80 Editorial, The Spectatorr (London), February 25, 1882. 81 There are many, many examples, but see “Jumbo’s Jeremiad,” Judy: The London Serio-Comicc 30 (1882), 100; “Jumbo’s Voyage across the Atlantic,” Judy’s Comical Penn’orth 12 (March 27, 1882), 1; “Jumbo’s Lament,” Punch, or the London Charivari 82 (March 18, 1882), 125; “Jumbo’s Journal,” Punch, or the London Charivari 82 (March 4, 1882): 97.
Jumbo and His Friends,” Daily Telegraph (London), February 22, 1882. “Crazes,” The Spectator, March 25, 1882. “Waifs and Strays,” Harper’s Weekly, April 5, 1884. , Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Empire, 76–82; Robbins, Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots. , Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Empire, 15. See also, Tuan, Dominance and Affection. Blunt, Ark in the Park, 32, 111–12; Ritvo, Animal Estate, 206–17. Hahn, Tower Menagerie, 85–103. Baratay and Hardouin-Fugier, Zoo, 28, 78–96; Berger, About Looking, g 19; Hahn, Tower Menagerie, 208–14; Veltre, “Menageries,” 19; Ritvo, Animal Estate, 214–17.
Animal Modernity: Jumbo the Elephant and the Human Dilemma by Susan Nance