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Animal Skins and the Reading Self in Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries
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Animal Skins and the Reading Self in Medieval Latin and French Bestiaries

Sarah Kay

Abstract

This book explores the relations between humans and other animals as they appear to a reader of medieval bestiaries, given that almost all of them are realized as parchment books and that parchment, although made from animal skin, looks much like human skin. Using Didier Anzieu’s concept of the Skin Ego and a theory of reading as assuming a second skin, the book explores how a supposedly human identity can be challenged by a reading process that inserts the reader into an animal skin. It examines the treatment of bestiary creatures in relation to the pages on which their entries are copied, sh ... More

Keywords: bestiaries, human-animal relations, physiologus, skin, parchment, manuscripts, Giorgio Agamben, Didier Anzieu, bestiary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226436739
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226436876.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Kay, author
New York University