THE IVY BOOKSHOP
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 7:00pm
Mikita Brottman launches her new book, an exploration of exceptional dogs and their human companions.
Inspired by her seven-year love affair with her French bulldog, Grisby, Mikita Brottman ruminates on the special bond between dogs and humans in The Great Grisby: Two Thousand Years of Literary, Royal, Philosophical and Artistic Dog Lovers and Their Exceptional Animals. Is her relationship with Grisby nourishing or dysfunctional? Commonplace or unique? As she ponders these questions, she draws support and inspiration from history, art, philosophy, and literature. In The Great Grisby, Brottman assembles a charming literary banquet of canine personalities. Through quirky anecdotes and personal reflections, with side-trips into psychoanalysis and animal studies, The Great Grisby shows us the many ways in which dog is the mirror of man.
Mikita Brottman is an Oxford-educated scholar, critic and psychoanalyst. Her previous books include Hyena andThirteen Girls. She is a professor for the Department of Humanistic Studies and co-director of the MA Program of Critical Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art.