Entertaining Elephants: Animal Agency and the Business of the American Circus

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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: Animal Agency and the Business of the American Circus 2013, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore

ISBN-13: 9781421408293

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