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The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature
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The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Dorothy Yamamoto

Abstract

Animals and ‘wild men’ are everywhere in medieval culture, but their role in illuminating medieval constructions of humanity has never been properly explored. This book gathers together a large number of themes and subjects, including the Bestiary, heraldry, and hunting, and examines them as part of a unified discourse about the body and its creative transformations. ‘Human’ and ‘animal’ are terms traditionally opposed to one another, but their relationship must always be characterized by a dynamic instability. Humans scout into the animal zone, manipulating and reshaping ‘animal’ bodies in ac ... More

Keywords: medieval literature, Bestiary, heraldry, hunting, wild man, shape-shifters, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Gower, Gawain-poet, Robert Henryson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198186748
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorothy Yamamoto, author