Harriet Ritvo


On her book Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History

Cover Interview of July 19, 2011

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“These illustrate the evolution of the field of animal studies.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Much of the value of studying the role of animals from the perspective of the humanities and social sciences comes from their paradoxical position—they are ubiquitous but invisible, essential but unacknowledged, like us but irrevocably different.”

On the second:

“Often important commitments are expressed in controversies over classification.”