This chapter 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.
|Title of host publication||Gorgeous Beasts|
|Subtitle of host publication||Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective|
|Editors||Joan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee, Paul Youngquist|
|Place of Publication||Philadelphia|
|Number of pages||16|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Sep 2012|
- thing theory