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The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature$
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Dorothy Yamamoto

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198186748

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.001.0001

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The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature


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This chapter reviews the various ways in which the shared bodiliness of humans and animals has been shown to haunt medieval texts and images. Further avenues for research are suggested, such as the role of animal lore and fables in collections of exempla, or the grotesquely blended bodies that people the margins of medieval manuscripts. Lastly, a close reading is offered of some further works in which the human-animal interface is an important thematic element, shaping (and constraining) the kinds of texts that are produced: the romance of William of Palerne, and the various accounts (including that of Gower in Vox Clamantis) of the Rising of 1381.

Keywords:   fables, exempla, grotesques, William of Palerne, John Gower, Vox Clamantis, Rising of 1381, Peasants' Revolt

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