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Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

Arguably the most humanlike of all the great apes, particularly in intelligence and behavior, the orangutan has been cherished, used, and abused ever since it was first brought to the attention of ... More


Close Encounters and Dangerous Liaisons

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter asserts that the fictional orangutans discussed in Chapter 5 offer commentary on Western society, either by directly addressing a human audience or by behaving in ways that highlight ... More


Faces in the Mirror: Evolution, Intelligence, and Rights

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0010
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter asserts that for four centuries, the West has been fascinated by the orangutan. So similar to humans, yet with so many differences, the red ape has challenged them to think about the ... More


“A More than Animal Intelligence”: Exploring the Species Boundary

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter suggests that by virtue of difference from the terms in which all animals—other than humans—were classified, nosce te ipsum (Know Thy Self) asserted a special status for humans. In the ... More


Imagining Orangutans: Fictions, Fantasies, Futures

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter shows how, during the eighteenth century, the orangutan began to appear in plays and novels, and later in short stories. Most of the early authors had not seen an orangutan, even in ... More


Monkey Business: Orangutans on Stage and Screen

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0007
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter presents the Jocko, ou le singe du Brésil, a popular drama drawn substantially on existing representations of orangutans. Jocko parodies and singeries (the act of “aping”) rapidly ... More


Zoo Stories: Becoming Animals, Unbecoming Humans

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0008
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter discusses ideas of human responsibility for animals, along with debates over the ethics of animal captivity. These discourses began to shape the orangutan's appearances in zoos more than ... More


On the Edge: Conservation and the Threat of Extinction

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin

in Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824837143
eISBN:
9780824869779
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This chapter focuses on orangutans' decline toward extinction. The red apes' dwindling in numbers is underpinned by basic features of animals' biology. As with all apes, the natural reproduction rate ... More


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