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Nature General


City of Animals

edited by Jim Ellis

contributions by Sean Kheraj, Susan Nance, Shelly M. Alexander, Angela Waldie, Mohammad Sadeghi Esfahlani, Jenna McFarland, Andrea Hunt, Maureen Luchsinger, Laura Griffin, Kimberly Cooper, Paul Hardy, Melanie Kjorlien, Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area & One Yellow Rabbit

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
May 2017
General, General, Plants & Animals
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
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How have our interactions with animals shaped Calgary?

What can we do to ensure that humans and animals in the city continue to co-exist, and even flourish together?

This wide-ranging book explores the ways that animals inhabit our city, our lives and our imaginations.

Essays from animal historians, wildlife specialists, artists and writers address key issues such as human-wildlife interactions, livestock in the city, and animal performers at the Calgary Stampede.

Contributions from some of Calgary’s iconic arts institutions, including One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and the Glenbow Museum, demonstrate how animals continue to be a source of inspiration and exploration for fashion, art, dance, and theatre.

The full-colour volume is beautifully illustrated throughout with archival images, wildlife photography, documentary and production stills, and original artwork.

About the authors

Jim Ellis is Professor of English and Director of the Calgary Institute for the Humanities at the University of Calgary. He has written widely on art, literatue and film, and has served on the boards of Truck Gallery and Calgary Cinematheque.

Jim Ellis' profile page

Sean Kheraj's profile page

Susan Nance is an associate professor of U.S. history and an affiliated faculty member at the Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of How the Arabian Nights Inspired the American Dream, 1790–1935.

Susan Nance's profile page

Shelly M. Alexander's profile page

Angela Waldie's profile page

Mohammad Sadeghi Esfahlani's profile page

Jenna McFarland's profile page

Andrea Hunt's profile page

Maureen Luchsinger's profile page

Laura Griffin's profile page

Kimberly Cooper's profile page

Paul Hardy's profile page

Melanie Kjorlien's profile page

Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society's profile page

Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area's profile page

One Yellow Rabbit's profile page

Editorial Reviews


[This book] resembles a walk through an intriguing city: something striking and new and unexpected seems to be around every corner . . . [it] ] presents a view of Calgary quite different from its usual self-promoted image.

?Mark Lisac, Prime Times

The usefulness of the work is to place scholarly interventions in conversation with activists working with wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation, as well as artists and a museum curator who explore the importance of animals as inspiration and fellow creatures. The book challenges the neat distinctions one might draw among disciplines or among artists, activists, and scholars. It shows not only that animals, human and non-human, might co-flourish in the city, but that those different fields of activity might co-flourish.

-Frederick L. Brown, Network in Canadian History and Environment

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