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Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Homo Ferus by Justin Fenech. Homo Ferus by Justin Fenech. When is a murder not a murder? Eli is not like any of us. He was raised feral, with a pack of dingoes on Australia's Fraser Island. Captured, domesticated and put on trial, what will prevail: the nurture of his carers at the Rehabilitation center or will primordial nature win this battle over Eli's mind?

Mysteriously abandoned on an island off Queensland, Eli is adopted by When is a murder not a murder? Mysteriously abandoned on an island off Queensland, Eli is adopted by a small pack of dingoes. He is raised with his caring Mother, the intimidating Alpha and his flirtatious half-sister the Surrogate. Eli spends almost ten years in the wild: learning to hunt, kill and protect his pack. But his encounter with man soon ends Eli's idyll, violently: Eli kills four people including a young boy.

He was protecting his territory. Finally captured Eli spends ten years in the Park Centre Rehabilitation home being civilized, nurtured and educated. But can the effects of ten years in the wild ever be reversed? And is Eli really as heartless as the media is making him out to be? Susan Patterson, his confidante, teacher and eventual misguided love interest, certainly doesn't think so.

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Feral child

The wild man, Homo ferus , does not fit into any definitive category in eighteenth-century thought: for some he is a separate genus of mankind or a monster; for others he is a model of uncorrupted nature, an archetypal primitive. Often grouped with other marginal creatures such as deaf-mutes, madmen, savages, and apes, the wild man incarnates the challenge of human diversity for eighteenth-century thinkers. The methodology used to forge a science of man was a matter of contention. For instance, when preparing his treatment of Victor of Aveyron, in , Dr. Children found in the wild posed wrenching questions. Perceived as an indeterminate amalgam of humanity and bestiality, the Homines feri defied a central tenet of Enlightenment anthropology: the historical transformation of physical man and woman into moral man and woman, a narrative whose metamorphoses constitute the conjectural history of the human species. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.


Homo ferus: the quest for evidence and explanation

Show full item record. JavaScript is disabled for your browser. Some features of this site may not work without it. Homo ferus: the quest for evidence and explanation Hemming, Christine Anne. Issue Date: Degree Name: PhD. Degree Grantor: The University of Auckland.

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