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Dinomania: Why We Love, Fear and Are Utterly Enchanted by Dinosaurs
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Boria Sax
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Dinomania: Why We Love, Fear and Are Utterly Enchanted by Dinosaurs

Boria Sax


9781789140040

Reaktion Books


Mathematics & Sciences;
Dinosaurs & the prehistoric world


Hardback

272 pages

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At once reptilian and avian, dinosaurs enable us to imagine a world far beyond the usual boundaries of time, culture and physiology. We have envisioned them in diverse and contradictory ways, reflecting, in part, our changing conceptions of ourselves. Their discovery, around the start of the nineteenth century, was intimately tied to our awareness of geological time; their vast size and power called to mind railroads, battleships and factories, making dinosaurs, paradoxically, emblems of modernity. At the same time, their world was nature at its most pristine, and they simultaneously symbolized childhood innocence and wonder. Dinosaurs provided a sort of code that has enabled people to speak indirectly about the possibility of our own extinction. Not unlike humans today, dinosaurs seem both powerful - almost godly - and helpless in the face of cosmic forces even mightier than themselves.

By:   Boria Sax
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 171mm, 
ISBN:   9781789140040
ISBN 10:   1789140048
Pages:   272
Publication Date:   January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Boria Sax is lecturer in literature in the graduate programme of Mercy College, New York, as well as at Sing Sing and Taconic Prisons. He has published over fifteen books which have been translated into many languages. These include Crow (Reaktion, 2003), City of Ravens: The Extraordinary History of London, its Tower and its Famous Ravens (2012), Imaginary Animals (Reaktion, 2013) and Lizard (Reaktion, 2017).


Fascinating and well worth owning. The text is interesting and informative, and the pictures (all 128) add huge amounts to what is said. --Jeremy Joseph Geoscientist Rewarding for its unique and provocative take on more recent dinosaur enthusiasm. Recommended --Choice Anyone buying this lavishly and beautifully illustrated book will know from its title not to expect a history of dinosaurs. This book instead, which appears to be born of the author's own genuine fascination with the creatures, traces how society has treated the discovery of the dinosaur from the earliest of times. --Magonia Review We love to be terrified and dinosaurs somehow manage to do that, unless of course it is Dino out of the Flintstones, a dinosaur that everyone simply loves. The reality is entirely something different, and as you work your way through this fascinating work, you will come to understand why these amazingly enormous dinosaurs are loved and mostly respected. . . . A treasure trove of photographs, illustration, and graphics accompany the text. --Blue Wolf Reviews Visually impressive; 128 illustrations form a striking record of changing portrayals of dinosaurs. Dinomania is a broad discussion rather than a deep one; it covers a wide range of topics, connecting them to each other but not exploring any one of them in great depth. It's not superficial, though; it's somewhere between an erudite after-dinner conversation and a more grounded academic discussion. This discursive approach works for a topic that invites speculation. Dinomania is a fascinating look at a curious subject. It ties many aspects of society together by looking at them from a new angle. Unlike most cultural histories, however, it's got dinosaurs in it. --Fortean Times For all that contemporary popular culture groans with books about dinosaurs, models about dinosaurs, films about dinosaurs and all manner of dinosaur paraphernalia, dinosaurs are invented. This is the theme of Sax's engaging Dinomania. Because dinosaurs are essentially fictional, we are free to re-create them in our current preoccupations and identities. --Henry Gee Literary Review Our fascination with these Mesozoic creatures has influenced thousands of years of culture, art, literature, religion, and science. How can this be, when dinosaurs weren't identified by humans until the mid-nineteenth century? . . . In this wide-reaching social history of the dinosaur-human relationship, Sax brings the story up to the present by highlighting contemporary museum exhibits, amusement parks, genre fiction, movies, and toys. With many historical illustrations, Dinomania is an entertaining addition to literature on popular science, pop culture, and public opinions. --Booklist In this erudite, wide-ranging and engaged work, Sax explores the cultural flesh that has been wrapped around the fossilized bones of these iconic creatures. He asks, 'What is a dinosaur?' and shows that the answer is not merely a scientific one but is intimately linked to wider cultural trends and concerns. Extinct they might be, but Sax reveals how dinosaurs live on among us. --Garry Marvin, professor of human-animal studies, University of Roehampton, London, and author of Wolf

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