The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life


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The Celluloid Specimen: Moving Image Research into Animal Life Author: Format: Paperback / softback First Published: Published By: University of California Press
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Pages: 270 Illustrations and other contents: 16 b-w figures and 13 A-V clips Language: English ISBN: 9780520342347 Categories: , , ,

A free ebook version of this title is available through Luminos, University of California Press’s Open Access publishing program. Visit to learn more. In The Celluloid Specimen, Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa examines rarely seen behaviorist films of animal experiments from the 1930s and 1940s. These laboratory recordings-including Robert Yerkes’s work with North American primate colonies, Yale University’s rat-based simulations of human society, and B. F. Skinner’s promotions for pigeon-guided missiles-have long been considered passive records of scientific research. In Schultz-Figueroa’s incisive analysis, however, they are revealed to be rich historical, political, and aesthetic texts that played a crucial role in American scientific and cultural history-and remain foundational to contemporary conceptions of species, race, identity, and society.

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Author Biography

Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Seattle University.