FREN 4425 Animals in Medieval Literature (Fall: 3 )
Foxes and lions, dragons and werewolves exercise their fascination over the medieval imagination. Animals, whether domestic or wild, real or imaginary, speak to our human need to explore ourselves and our world—the overlapping boundaries between the natural and the unnatural, the human and the nonhuman—as we try to define ourselves and fix our identity. The medieval French texts chosen from the twelfth to the fourteenth centuries suggest that such a project was as complex and ever shifting in the Middle Ages as it remains in the modern world.
Instructor(s): Matilda Bruckner
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14