Literary Medieval Criticism

Sarah Kay's Animal Skins and the Reading Self in Medieval Latin and PDF

By Sarah Kay

ISBN-10: 022643673X

ISBN-13: 9780226436739

Just like we do this day, humans in medieval occasions struggled with the concept that of human exceptionalism and the importance of alternative creatures. Nowhere is that this extra obvious than within the medieval bestiary. Sarah Kay’s exploration of French and Latin bestiaries deals clean perception into how this famous style challenged the boundary among its human readers and different animals.

Bestiaries current money owed of animals whose impressive behaviors might be imitated or shunned, looking on the given trait. In a hugely unique argument, Kay means that the organization of beasts with books is the following either literal and fabric, as approximately all surviving bestiaries are copied on parchment made up of animal pores and skin, which additionally resembles human pores and skin. utilizing a wealthy array of examples, she exhibits how the content material and materiality of bestiaries are associated as a result continuous references within the texts to the skins of alternative animals, in addition to the ways that the pages themselves repeatedly—and from time to time, it'll appear, deliberately—intervene within the analyzing technique. an important contribution to animal reviews and medieval manuscript stories, this publication sheds new mild at the ecu bestiary and its profound energy to form readers’ personal identities.

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