Animal Skins and the Reading Self in Medieval Latin and by Sarah Kay

By Sarah Kay

Just like we do this present 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 renowned style challenged the boundary among its human readers and different animals.

Bestiaries current bills of animals whose fabulous behaviors might be imitated or shunned, counting on the given trait. In a hugely unique argument, Kay means that the organization of beasts with books is right here either literal and fabric, as approximately all surviving bestiaries are copied on parchment made up of animal epidermis, which additionally resembles human dermis. utilizing a wealthy array of examples, she indicates how the content material and materiality of bestiaries are associated a result of continuous references within the texts to the skins of different animals, in addition to the ways that the pages themselves repeatedly—and every now and then, it's going to appear, deliberately—intervene within the examining procedure. an essential contribution to animal experiences and medieval manuscript experiences, this e-book sheds new mild at the eu bestiary and its profound strength to form readers’ personal identities.

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