Ostensive Behavior: The Effect of Storytelling on Non-Human Animals

Daisy M. Ahlstone (The Ohio State University)

This presentation explores the relationship between ostensive practice and material behavior as represented in the legend of the thylacine’s present existence in Tasmania. This legend, coded in the physical representation of the thylacine, are maintained through a series of practices in the creation and expression of storytelling through artwork. The production and maintenance of a legend expressed in material forms that utilize semiotic representation are important for understanding relationships with extinct species.

Part of 62-01 No Longer "Humanique": Posthuman Folklore and the Relationship between Humans, Plants, and Animals, Saturday, October 23, 10:30 am–12:00 pm