Renaissance Beasts: Of Animals, Humans, and Other Wonderful Creatures
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BeschreibungAnimals, as Levi-Strauss wrote, are good to think with. This collection addresses and reassesses the variety of ways in which animals were used and thought about in Renaissance culture, challenging contemporary as well as historical views of the boundaries and hierarchies humans presume the natural world to contain. Taking as its starting point the popularity of speaking animals in sixteenth-century literature and ending with the decline of the imperial Menagerie during the French Revolution, Renaissance Beasts uses the lens of human-animal relationships to view issues as diverse as human status and power, diet, civilization and political life, religion and anthropocentrism, entertainment, language, science, skepticism, and domestic and courtly cultures. Through analysis of texts by writers including Calvin, Montaigne, Sidney, Shakespeare, Descartes, Boyle, and Locke, Renaissance Beasts uncovers new and arresting interpretations of Renaissance culture and the broader social assumptions glimpsed through views on matters such as pet ownership and meat consumption.
Pressestimmen"This stimulating work explores the boundaries between the species in a way that moves well beyond even the most innovative of studies. There is simply no book like it."
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF ILLINOIS PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2004
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten