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Cockroach

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Series: Animal Series (Reaktion Books)

By: Marion Copeland

200 pages, 84 illus

Reaktion Books

Paperback | Oct 2003 | #147576 | ISBN: 186189192X
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About this book

At least since Classical Greece, authors have brought cockroach characters into the foreground to speak for the weak and downtrodden, the outsiders, those forced to survive on the underside of dominant human cultures. Cockroaches have become the subjects of songs (La Cucaracha), have competed in `roachraces' and have even ended up in recipes. In this accessible, sympathetic and often humorous book, Marion Copeland examines the natural history, symbolism and cultural significance of this poorly understood and much-maligned insect.


Marion Copeland is former Professor of English at Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts, US.

thoroughly researched, eloquently written and richly illustrated ... an outstanding polemic in support of a much-loathed creature Times Literary Supplement this gripping little book is crawling with anecdotes ... New Scientist


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Biography

Marion Copeland is former Professor of English at Holyoke Community College, Massachusetts, US.

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