Of Animals, Humans, and Other Wonderful Creatures
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Any collection of essays is, by necessity, a collaborative enterprise, and I would like first of all to thank the contributors for their work. It has been a real pleasure bringing these essays together.Help has also come from Lawrence Normand, Patricia Parker, Jonathan...
In 1634 William Prynne was called before the Star Chamber for “writing and publishinge a scandalous and a libellous Booke againste the State, the Kinge, and all his people.” The book, Histrio-Mastix, was “condempneth . . . to bee in a most ignominyous...
1. Unpicking the Seam: Talking Animals and Reader Pleasure in Early Modern Satire
Whether they are apocalyptically angry or merely scornful, satires can be recognized by the nature of their engagement with readers. They work toward constructing an alliance between the satirist and the like-minded reader, distancing the reader from the target under scrutiny. Regardless of the seriousness of the...
2. "Bitches and Queens": Pets and Perversion at the Court of France's Henri III
Desire and the beast intersect in myriad and suggestive ways, to the point of becoming figures for each other: not only is desire metaphorized as beastly, but the beast is also represented as an emblem of desire, especially forbidden or perverse...
3. Hairy on the Inside: Metamorphosis and Civility in English Werewolf Texts
“Her feet were bare: her body was covered with rags and skins: her hair with a gourd leaf; and her face and hands were of the same colour as a negroe’s. . . . Those who saw her first, run away, crying out, ‘There is the devil.’ And indeed her dress...
4. Saying Nothing Concerning the Same: On Dominion, Purity, and Meat in Early Modern England
If bear-baiting is the most spectacular display of human dominion over animals in England in the early modern period, then the dinner plate might be figured as the least dramatic. The meal is a place where humans interact with animals on...
5. "Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all?" Shakespeare's Animations
When I first read Stephen Greenblatt’s essay “Shakespeare and the Exorcists” in the mid-1980s, my eye was caught by his discussion of Samuel Harsnett’s use of the word corky in his A Declaration of Egregious Popish Impostures: “It would...
6. Government by Beagel: The Impersonal Rule of James VI and I
To James VI and I, his principal secretary and later lord treasurer Sir Robert Cecil, earl of Salisbury, was almost invariably “my little beagle.”1 Thirty-five surviving letters from king to minister open with the greeting,2 and in them James elaborated on the...
7. Reading, Writing, and Riding Horses in Early Modern England: James Shirley's Hyde Park (1632) and Gervase Markham's Cavelarice (1607)
Thinking about animals-—animal-human relationships, animals and culture— draws me back again and again to John Berger’s “Why Look at Animals?,” which begins with his claim that the “19th century, in western Europe and North America, saw the beginning of a process . . . by which every tradition which has previously...
8. "Can ye not tell a man from a marmoset?" Apes and Others on the Early Modern Stage
In the “Induction” to Marston’s Antonio and Mellida (1600) the boy actors debate their upcoming roles in a scene suffused with anxiety about identity, sexuality, and, ultimately, the effects of playing. The boy playing Antonio (who later dresses...
9. Pliny's Literate Elephant and the Idea of Animal Language in Renaissance Thought
In his catalog of “vulgar errors” committed by natural historians concerning the behavior of animals, Sir Thomas Browne entertained with special relish the odd tale of an elephant that had been taught to speak and write. It is a paradox he...
10. Reading Vital Signs: Animals and the Experimental Philosophy
Nicolas Malebranche’s striking denial of animal sentience often is regarded as an apposite illustration of the general principle that there is no claim so foolish that some philosopher or other has not argued for it. The position set out here by Malebranche...
11. The Menagerie and the Labyrinthe: Animals at Versailles, 1662-1792
The Ménagerie of Versailles, built by Louis Le Vau between 1662 and 1664, was one of the first structures to be completed as part of Louis XIV’s vast domain of parks, fountains, buildings, and monuments. An extravagant display of magnificence...
Page Count: 256
Publication Year: 2004
OCLC Number: 785782162
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