Harriet Ritvo is the Arthur J Conner Professor of History at MIT, teaching courses in British history, environmental history, the history of human-animal relations, and the history of natural history. She is the author of The Dawn of Green: Manchester, Thirlmere, and Modern Environmentalism (Chicago UP, 2009), The Platypus and the Mermaid, and Other Figments of the Classifying Imagination (Harvard UP, 1997), The Animal Estate: The English and Other Creatures in the Victorian Age (Harvard UP, 1987), and Noble Cows and Hybrid Zebras: Essays on Animals and History (Virginia, 2010). Her current research concerns wildness and domestication.
Books by Harriet Ritvo
Interviews with Harriet Ritvo
The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals
by Charles Darwin
Primate Visions: Gender, Race, and Nature in the World of Modern Science
by Donna J Haraway
Savages and Beasts: The Birth of the Modern Zoo
by Nigel Rothfels
Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy
by Sarah Franklin
Beastly Natures: Animals, Humans, and the Study of History
by Dorothee Brantz
Animals have played a significant role in human history, and the manner by which we interpret their behaviour says a lot about our own culture and social mores. Harriet Ritvo, professor of history at MIT, selects five of the best books from the field of animal history.