Renaissance animal things

New Formations - ISSN 0950-2378
Volume 2012 Number 76

Renaissance animal things
Erica Fudge pages -


This essay explores the place of the animal-made-object (that is, simultaneously, the animal made into an object and the object made out of an animal) in English Renaissance culture. Focusing particularly on two objects - leather and civet - the essay traces out the ways in which animals transformed into objects can still be interpreted as having agency; it argues, indeed, that such objects - true things, in the terms of thing theory - themselves possess transformative power over humans. As such the essay attempts to widen current discussions in animal studies about agency to attend not only to the living but to the dead animal in so-called human culture.

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