IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1229: The Familiar Animal and the Animal 'Other', I: The Literary Animal as Familiar and 'Other'

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Sunny Harrison, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Rose A. Sawyer, School of History / School of English, University of Leeds
Paper 1229-aThe Role of the Non-Human Animal in Le Moniage Guillaume and Le Roman De La Manekine
(Language: English)
Stephanie Grace-Petinos, Graduate Center, City University of New York
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-cDivision and Commonality in Old Icelandic Sources: Animal-Human Relations in a Society under Stress
(Language: English)
Harriet Jean Evans, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law

This 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.