Renaissance Animal Things

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGorgeous Beasts
Subtitle of host publicationAnimal Bodies in Historical Perspective
EditorsJoan B. Landes, Paula Young Lee, Paul Youngquist
Place of PublicationPhiladelphia
Pages41-56
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2012

Keywords

  • animal
  • thing theory
  • renaissance
  • Shakespeare

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Fudge, E. (2012). Renaissance Animal Things. In J. B. Landes, P. Y. Lee, & P. Youngquist (Eds.), Gorgeous Beasts: Animal Bodies in Historical Perspective (pp. 41-56).