The Role of the Parrot in Selected Texts from Ovid to Jean Rhys
Telling a Story from an Alternative Viewpoint
This work is a compilation of a group of academics from diverse disciplines who have been working together to highlight the presence of the parrot in selected texts across the centuries. They demonstrate that fictional parrots invariably function as more than decoration, comedy, or badges denoting the eccentricity of their human owners, but as markers for subtle literary techniques. With the parrot as an interpretative tool, a range of narrative strategies and metaphorical meanings are employed and the authors argue that these strategies and meanings are embodied in the attributes of the speaking bird who figures significantly in each work.
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"... these essays speak to anyone interested in the history of exotic animals in the west, or the broad relations that obtain between animal life and various forms of cultural expression, or the historical fortunes of the intelligent, articulate, endangered birds at their heart." - Professor Bruce Boehrer, Florida State University"