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In the Skin of a Beast: Sovereignty and Animality in Medieval France

Peggy McCracken


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. The book 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 wo ... More

Keywords: sovereignty, protection, animality, medieval literature, France, gender, domestication, dominion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226458922
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226459080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peggy McCracken, author
University of Michigan