Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Simulation

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Zoos in Postmodernism: Signs and Simulation Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
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Pages: 208 Language: English ISBN: 9781611473292 Categories: ,

Spotte treats public aquariums and zoological parks as cultural derivatives assessable using semiotics and Baudrillard’s models of simulation. He concludes that only modernist zoos can exist in postmodern times, making captive animal displays anachronistic. Today’s zoos, unable to evolve and compete with contemporary entertainments, can only be spectacles viewed passively.

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Author Biography

Stephen Spotte is adjunct scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida.