Renaissance animal things

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This article uses thing theory to explore the uses of two animal things common in Renaissane culture: leather and civet. It argues that, even as the animal is dismembered and its parts used in the manufacture of commodities - gloves, perfume - those objects have a power to change the world in which they are used: that animal things are not inert, and are not simply evidence of human dominion, but are themselves active presences in culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-100
Number of pages15
JournalNew Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2012


  • animal
  • thing theory
  • renaissance
  • Shakespeare
  • actor network theory
  • animal agency
  • civet
  • King Lear
  • leather
  • sensory studies


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