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Wild Man from Borneo: A Cultural History of the Orangutan

Robert Cribb, Helen Gilbert, and Helen Tiffin


Arguably the most humanlike of all the great apes, particularly in intelligence and behavior, the orangutan has been cherished, used, and abused ever since it was first brought to the attention of Europeans in the seventeenth century. The red ape has engaged the interest of scientists, philosophers, artists, and the public at large. One reason for such a long-term engagement with a being found only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra is that, like its fellow great apes, the orangutan stands on that most uncomfortable dividing line between human and animal, existing, for us, on what has been c ... More

Keywords: great ape, orangutan, Borneo, Sumatra, extinction, forest destruction, population expansion, logging, mining

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780824837143
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824837143.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Cribb, author
Robert Cribb is professor of Asian history at the Australian National University. Helen Gilbert is professor of theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London. Helen Tiffin is a leading scholar in postcolonial theory and literary studies. She was professor of English at the University ofTasmania and the University of Queensland in Australia.

Helen Gilbert, author

Helen Tiffin, author