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Voyeuryzm ogrodu zoologicznego
The Voyeurism of the Zoo

Author(s): Monika Żółkoś
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: Culture; Animal; Zoo

Summary/Abstract: Departing from the conclusion of Jonathan Littel’s The Kindly Ones, the author proves that zoos are an expression of the nature/culture dichotomy constructed by man. The author presents the methods of arrangement and the cataloguing of animals in zoos in detail, revealing the various power structures they contain: from the monarchic gaze of absolute power, through the dominating and subordinating gaze of imperial power, to the final definition of what is animal and what is human in the animal regulations created during the 3rd Reich. The way in which a culture looks at animals thus establishes the sense of the limits of humanity that it defines.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 111
  • Page Range: 26-33
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish