From fairy tales to photography, nowhere is the complexity of human-animal relationships more apparent than in the creative arts. Art illuminates the nature and significance of animals in modern, Western thought, capturing the complicated union that has long existed between the animal kingdom and us. In Beauty and the Beast, authors Arluke and Bogdan explore this relationship through the unique lens of photo postcards. This visual medium offers an enormous and relatively untapped archive to compelling document their subject.
Arnold Arluke is professor of sociology and anthropology at Northeastern University and Senior Research Fellow at the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy. Robert Bogdan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Social Science and Education at Syracuse University. He is the author of Real Photo Postcard Guide: The People’s Photography.