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Fox

The Cultural History of this Mystical Animal

By Martin Wallen
9-minute read
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Fox by Martin Wallen

To simply explain the fascinating animal known as the fox in biological terms wouldn’t do it justice. This mysterious animal has long been the subject of countless stories and myths and cultures around the world have developed their own unique perception of the animal. Fox (2006) dives into these many myths and stories, and also shows how the fox continues to influence our language and culture.

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“I love foxes – they’re so adorable and smart, but have a bad reputation. These blinks explain why foxes are said to be sly and were hunted for centuries, as well as how they’re rooted in human culture. These blinks will make you feel foxy!”

– Robyn, Selection, Curation and Publishing Manager at Blinkist

  • Linguists who wonder why we say “foxy”
  • Sociologists curious about how stories change the way we think about a species
  • Animal-rights activists who wonder why the fox has gotten a bad rap

Martin Wallen is a professor of English at Oklahoma State University and an expert on how our culture relates to animals, especially dogs and foxes. In 2004, he published the book City of Health, Fields of Disease.

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