Session1229
TitleThe Familiar Animal and the Animal 'Other', I: The Literary Animal as Familiar and 'Other'
Date/TimeWednesday 5 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserSunny Harrison, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, Open University
 
Moderator/ChairRose A. Sawyer, School of English, University of Leeds
 
Paper 1229-a The Role of the Non-Human Animal in Le Moniage Guillaume and Le Roman De La Manekine
(Language: English)
Stephanie Grace-Petinos, Independent Scholar, Hamilton, New Jersey
Index Terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Social History
Paper 1229-b 'You see an asshead of your own, do you?': Translation, Transformation, and the Familiar Ass as Prophetic Other in Medieval and Early Modern Representations
(Language: English)
Joe Ricke, Department of English, Taylor University, Indiana
Index Terms: Biblical Studies; Folk Studies; Performance Arts - Drama; Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1229-c Division and Commonality in Old Icelandic Sources: Animal-Human Relations in a Society under Stress
(Language: English)
Harriet Jean Evans Tang, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Law
 
AbstractThis session will consider how animals, when seen as familiar or 'other', were used in medieval (and medievalist) literature to engage with issues of faith, anxiety, and trauma. It will explore the boundaries between human and non-human literary animals and the boundaries between literary genres which utilised animals. It will consider how, through their familiarity and otherness, non-human animals blurred divisions between human/animal, between animal/object, and between human and animal places. This session will encompass romance, elegy, saga, and law codes to present a diverse view of the construction of 'the animal' in medieval literature and society.