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Friend or Food?

Alexander Bevilacqua, 14 December 2023

The Tame and the Wild: People and Animals after 1492 
by Marcy Norton.
Harvard, 419 pp., £33.95, January, 978 0 674 73752 5
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The Perfection of Nature: Animals, Breeding and Race in the Renaissance 
by Mackenzie Cooley.
Chicago, 353 pp., £30, October 2022, 978 0 226 82228 0
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... between animals and humans, and between humans and other humans – are at the heart of Marcy Norton’s original and ambitious The Tame and the Wild. Norton coins the term ‘familiarisation’ to describe the Indigenous process of taming and befriending wild animals – in contrast to the European practice ...

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