Savage Pageant

Jessica Q. Stark

Savage Pageant recounts the history of the defunct zoo, Jungleland, which housed Hollywood's show animals up until its closure in 1969. In it, Stark explores the concept of US American spectacle and its historic ties to celebrity culture, the maternal body, racist taxonomies, the mistreatment of animals, and neglected forms of ecological violence. With a hybrid, documentary poetics, Savage Pageant reveals the taut ways in which we attempt to narrate and control geographical space and the ways that ghosts (remainders, the sketch, unfinished stories) collapse the tidy corners of our collective, accumulative histories.

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