Cultural Zoo: Animals in the Human Mind and its Sublimation by Salman Akhtar,Vamik D. Volkan

By Salman Akhtar,Vamik D. Volkan

'This publication is an immense contribution to tradition and to the psychoanalytic literature. The authors discover how animals, either wild and domesticated, have robust symbolic meanings in our psyches, mythology, faith, literature, artwork, tune, and pop culture. From the prehistoric artwork of Lascaux to Picasso, from The Fly to the yankee eagle, the psychoanalytic perceptions are refined and suggestive, the cultured, movie, and nationwide insights are a delight.'-Peter Loewenberg, Dean, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, Professor of background and Political Psychology, UCLA'Our cousins - the animals - swarm, creep, fly, swim, and move slowly all approximately us, even sharing our homes and infesting bodies. We hunt them, breed, them, dress ourselves with them, and consume them for dinner (as they typically do to us). They populate our literature, myths, religions, arts, our language and its metaphors, they usually hang-out our subconscious fantasies and our goals. The profoundest, fiercest, and so much intimate urges and emotions inside us are our animal passions and instincts. The parade of animals that accompany us via this existence is held up for assessment and appreciation in those pleasant essays, all of which percentage a commitment to the certainty of human existence and tradition during the lens of psychoanalytic conception in its manifold diversity.'- Robert A. Paul, PhD, Candler Professor of Anthropology and Dean, Emory College

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