Elephant slaves and pampered parrots : exotic animals in eighteenth-century Paris

Louise E. Robbins

In 1775, a visitor to Laurent Spinacuta's Grande Menagerie at the annual winter fair in Paris would have seen two tigers, several kinds of monkeys, an armadillo, an ocelot, and a condor-in all, forty-two live animals. In Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots, Louise Robbins explains that exotic animals from around the world were common in eighteenth-century Paris. In the streets of the city, residents and visitors could observe performing elephants and a fighting polar bear. Those looking for unusual pets could purchase parrots, flying squirrels, and capuchin monkeys. The royal menagerie at Versailles displayed lions, cranes, an elephant, a rhinoceros, and a zebra, which in 1760 became a major court attraction. For Enlightenment-era Parisians, exotic animals both piqued scientific curiosity and conveyed social status. Their availability was a boon for naturalists like Buffon, author of the best-selling Histoire naturelle, who observed unusual species in a variety of locations around the city. Louis XVI saw his menagerie as a manifestation of his power and funded its upkeep accordingly, while critics used the caged animals as metaphors of slavery and political oppression amidst the growing political turmoil. In her engaging and often surprising account, Robbins considers nearly every aspect of France's obsession with exotic fauna, from the vast literature on exotic animals and the inner workings of the oiseleurs' (birdsellers') guild to how the animals were transported, housed, and cared for. Based on wide-ranging and imaginative research, Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots stands as a major contribution to the history of human-animal relations, eighteenth-century culture, and French colonialism.

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  • Contents: List of Illustrations and Tables Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter 1: Live Cargo Chapter 2: The Royal Menagerie Chapter 3: Fairs and Fights Chapter 4: The Oiseleurs' Guild Chapter 5: Pampered Parrots Chapter 6: Animals in Print Chapter 7: Elephant Slaves Chapter 8: Vive la Liberte Epilogue Abbreviations List of Primary Resources Bibliographical Essay Index

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書名 Elephant slaves and pampered parrots : exotic animals in eighteenth-century Paris
著作者等 Robbins Louise E.
シリーズ名 Animals, history, culture
出版元 Johns Hopkins University Press
刊行年月 2002
ページ数 xiv, 349 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0801867533
NCID BA55616000
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国
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