Cover

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-1

Title Page, About the Series, Copyright

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 2-5

Contents

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. v-vi

read more

Introduction: Absent Bodies

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 1-30

Giovanni Battista Gelli’s Circe of 1549 recounts Ulysses’ efforts to convince a variety of beasts, transformed from men by Circe, that they should return to their human form and leave her island with him. Ulysses begins with the humblest of creatures, the oyster and the mole (also the simplest and humblest of humans, a fisherman and a ploughman respectively), ...

read more

Chapter 1. Resisting Bodies: Renaissance Animal Anatomies

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 31-74

If we are going to talk of bodies, there is no more fitting place to begin than with early modern medicine’s advances in, and continuing obsession with, anatomy. Andreas Vesalius’s monumental De Humani Corporis Fabrica (1543), published with dozens of carefully created illustrations, inspired decades, even centuries of imitators ...

read more

Chapter 2. Erotic Bodies: Loving Horses

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 75-102

The myth of Chiron, the rational hybrid horse-human, haunts Renaissance anatomy texts, as we saw in Chapter 1, but that is not the creature’s sole domain. In examples like Philip Sidney’s Musidorus, the more generalized image of the rider-as- centaur shows up in chivalric romance, ...

read more

Chapter 3. Mutual Consumption: The Animal Within

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 103-126

To eat “strange flesh” and drink the “stale of horses” is, in Octavius’s estimation, more consistent with Antony’s martial identity than the hero’s present consumption of delicate fare in Egypt. What marked the hero Antony was that he survived a synaesthetic threat—eating meat that others died merely to look on— ...

read more

Chapter 4. Animal Architectures: Urban Beasts

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 127-150

The body that Hamlet explores, the body that horrifies and perplexes Hamlet, is so thoroughly colonized by vermin that it loses its individuality to the throngs of creatures sharing its internal architectures. But this should not come as much of a surprise: in the ghost’s account of Claudius’s murderous assault on Hamlet Senior, ...

read more

Chapter 5. Working Bodies: Laboring Moles and Cannibal Sheep

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 151-178

Among all those creeping, gnawing, devouring pests we encountered in Chapter 3 is Hamlet’s mole, the below-stage manifestation of Hamlet’s father’s ghost, who bumps and knocks and cries out while Hamlet swears Horatio and Marcellus to silence: “Well said, old mole! Canst work i’th’earth so fast? ...

read more

Conclusion: Knowing Animals

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 179-188

In the sixteenth century, Thomas More tried to invent a new society, complete with cultural attributes and values and an economic system that rectified the failures of European societies. To do so, More mobilized examples of embodied human-animal relationships that ultimately demonstrated the impossibility of establishing a bright line between the two categories. ...

Notes

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 189-218

Bibliography

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 219-230

Index

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 231-234

read more

Acknowledgments

pdf iconDownload PDF

pp. 235-244

My thanks to Ivo Kamps, who read and commented on an early version of this manuscript, and to the three readers for the University of Pennsylvania Press, who gave invaluable advice for revision. For help with translation of Ruini’s text from Italian, I thank Isabella Watt, and for providing a variety of Latin translations of Melchior Lorck’s engraving couplet, ...