Goldfish

Roos, Anna Marie (2019) Goldfish. Animal . Reaktion Books, London. ISBN 978 1 78914 135 1, 978 1 78914 170 2

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Abstract

Living work of art, consumer commodity, scientific hero and environmental
menace: the humble goldfish is the ultimate human cultural artefact.
A creature of supposedly little memory and short lifespan, it has universal
appeal. In ancient China, goldfish were saved from predators in acts of
religious reverence and selectively bred for their glittering grace. In the
East, they became the subject of exquisite art, regarded as living flowers
that moved, while in the West, they became ubiquitous residents of the
Victorian parlour. Cheap and eminently available, today they are bred
by the millions for the growing domestic pet market, while also proving to
be important to laboratory studies of perception, vision and intelligence.
In this illuminating homage to the goldfish, Anna Marie Roos challenges
the cultural preconceptions of a creature often thought to be common
and disposable, as she blends art and science to trace the surprising and
intriguing history of this much-loved animal.

Keywords:Goldfish, natural history, history of science
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D321 Animal Anatomy
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:35090
Deposited On:22 Feb 2019 14:34

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