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The Resource In the skin of a beast : sovereignty and animality in medieval France, Peggy McCracken

In the skin of a beast : sovereignty and animality in medieval France, Peggy McCracken

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In the skin of a beast : sovereignty and animality in medieval France
Title
In the skin of a beast
Title remainder
sovereignty and animality in medieval France
Statement of responsibility
Peggy McCracken
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In medieval literature, when humans and animals meet - whether as friends or foes - issues of mastery and submission are often at stake. 'In the Skin of a Beast' shows how the concept of sovereignty comes to the fore in such narratives, reflecting larger concerns about relations of authority and dominion at play in both human-animal and human-human interactions. Peggy McCracken discusses a range of literary texts and images from medieval France, including romances in which animal skins appear in symbolic displays of power, fictional explorations of the wolf's desire for human domestication, and tales of women and snakes converging in a representation of territorial claims and noble status. These works reveal that the qualities traditionally used to define sovereignty - lineage and gender among them - are in fact mobile and contingent. In medieval literary texts, as McCracken demonstrates, human dominion over animals is a disputed model for sovereign relations among people: it justifies exploitation even as it mandates protection and care, and it depends on reiterations of human-animal difference that paradoxically expose the tenuous nature of human exceptionalism
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McCracken, Peggy
Dewey number
840.9/001
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PQ155.H43
LC item number
M33 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • French literature
  • Hides and skins in literature
  • Human-animal relationships in literature
  • Sovereignty in literature
  • Hides and skins
  • Animals
  • Hides and skins
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Literatur
  • Mensch
  • Mittelalter
  • Symbolik
  • Tiere
  • Frankreich
Label
In the skin of a beast : sovereignty and animality in medieval France, Peggy McCracken
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Wearing animals: skin, survival, and sovereignty -- The social wolf: domestication, affect, and social contract -- Becoming-animal, becoming-sovereign: skin, heraldry, and the beast -- Snakes and women: recognition, knowledge, and sovereignty -- Becoming-human, becoming-sovereign: gender, genealogy, and the wild man -- Epilogue
Control code
958781740
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 217 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226458922
Lccn
2016044826
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)958781740
Label
In the skin of a beast : sovereignty and animality in medieval France, Peggy McCracken
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Wearing animals: skin, survival, and sovereignty -- The social wolf: domestication, affect, and social contract -- Becoming-animal, becoming-sovereign: skin, heraldry, and the beast -- Snakes and women: recognition, knowledge, and sovereignty -- Becoming-human, becoming-sovereign: gender, genealogy, and the wild man -- Epilogue
Control code
958781740
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 217 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780226458922
Lccn
2016044826
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
(OCoLC)958781740

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