Dog Love

Dog Love

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
Discusses the history of relationships between humans and dogs and the role that dogs play in contemporary society, and argues that dogs bring out in their human companions the qualities people most admire

Blackwell North Amer
Roving from real life to "dogs' lives" (canine biography and autobiography), kennel clubs to leash laws, "puppy love" to dogs as emblems of mourning and loss, Dog Love unleashes a fresh perspective on a favorite topic. What do the stories of such "celebrity hounds" as Lassie and Millie Bush have to say about the demands we place on their human counterparts in political life and popular culture? In an age when information abounds but comprehension seems to be breaking down, how do fantasies about canine communication express our longing to be understood? Why are we able to accept in our pets the very mix of emotional constancy and sexual inconstancy that dogs our human partnerships? How does our preoccupation with canine pedigree reflect social snobbery, nationalism, and other forms of cultural anxiety? What does the growing body of dog law have to say about our desires to regulate human behavior? Why is it that, from Argus onward, the dog has embodied our most elegiac feelings?
In exploring these and other questions, Dog Love shows how, in a society that is less and less "humane," it is with the dog that we permit ourselves to experience and express our deepest sorrows and joys. As this profound and profoundly delightful book makes plain, it is the dog who makes us human.

& Taylor

Explains how dogs bring out the humanity in people by dog owners' willingness to let themselves experience and express extreme sorrow and deep love in the presence of beloved canines. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 1996
ISBN: 9780684818719
Branch Call Number: 636.70019 G163d 1996
Characteristics: 341 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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