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The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature$
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Dorothy Yamamoto

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.001.0001

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Bodies in the Hunt

Bodies in the Hunt

(p.99) chapter five Bodies in the Hunt
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In hunting, bodies are set in motion, colliding with one another in a socially charged context. This chapter first discusses the milieu of the hunt — the demarcated game preserve, or ‘forest’ — and then its routine, with special attention to the way in which the bodies of its quarry, primarily deer and foxes, are treated. The next section focuses on dogs as helpers, and their consequent assimilation into networks of human relationships and into language. Texts discussed include Gaston Phoebus's Livre de chasse, The Master of Game, and the romances of Sir Tristrem and Ipomadon. Finally, the motif of the hunt in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is explored.

Keywords:   hunting, forest, deer, foxes, dogs, Gaston Phoebus, Sir Tristrem, Ipomadon, Sir Gawain

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