“Killer” Metaphors and the Wisdom of Captive Orcas

Julie A Schutten, Caitlyn Burford

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This entry distinguishes captive orcas from their wilder and freer kin. We speculate that captive orcas embody three principle metaphors: Prisoner; Activist; Martyr. These metaphors help us to imagine the kinds of rhetorical thinking necessary for a deeper understanding of the costs of human behavior as well as the potential for creating new visions and modes of witnessing. By witnessing orcas-as-prisoners, humans begin to see marine parks anew, as prisons, understanding their own complicity in the imprisonment of animal activists. Captive orca metaphors help to convey the actions of other-than-humans as rhetorically salient and politically motivated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-263
Number of pages7
JournalRhetoric Society Quarterly
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 27 2017

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Keywords

  • alternative symbolics
  • animal activism
  • animal communication
  • captivity
  • orca

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“Killer” Metaphors and the Wisdom of Captive Orcas. / Schutten, Julie A; Burford, Caitlyn.

In: Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 3, 27.05.2017, p. 257-263.

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Schutten, Julie A ; Burford, Caitlyn. / “Killer” Metaphors and the Wisdom of Captive Orcas. In: Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 2017 ; Vol. 47, No. 3. pp. 257-263.
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