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Expressive Animals

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K.M. F.

on 14 August 2014

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Transcript of Expressive Animals

Expressive Animals: Anthropomorphizing Animals Through History

A pug, while celebrating its birthday, is suddenly struck by fear of the future and existential dread.

Or it's afraid of fire.

Or it's just a pug.
Internet animal celebrities "Grumpy Cat" and "Lil Bub." A clash of "personalities."
No creature has ever known desire like this pug knows desire.
This cat has strong feelings about feminism. And also about inflatable mattresses.
This koala perfectly represents the tragic human condition. Which, given that it's a koala, is pretty odd.
In the 14th century, it seemed totally normal that a lion would look shame-faced and play the vielle.
In the Edwardian era, animals were shown as happily engaging in the customs of the age, including ice-skating.
A melancholy cat expresses the sad spirit of the troubadours, circa the 15th century.
The medium of dog-shaming features dogs confessing their most shameful crimes to the public-- often with a minimum of contrition.
Wow. So doge. Such meme.

"Quick! Get the duct tape!" reads the caption of this image. "The internet's sprung a leak!"
Above: a Kwakiutl raven mask.
Right: the Egyptian god Horus had a falcon's head.
Man, the Victorians were pretty weird.
Colonel Meow has strong opinions.
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