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dc.contributor.authorByers, Robert E.
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-23T22:23:01Z
dc.date.available2020-10-23T22:23:01Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11122/11382
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2011en_US
dc.description.abstractAs a relatively recent field within literary cultural studies, "animal studies" has the potential to ask sophisticated new questions about the central and privileged place of the humanist "cogito." Through an examination of the human-animal companionship found in the Middle English romance "Ywain and Gawain", this thesis aims to contribute to the project of animal studies by tracing how questions about humanity and animality both construct and deconstruct a subject's identity. In the poem, Ywain, a knight in Arthur's court, is exiled from society and befriends a lion, who travels and fights alongside him. The dynamics of their bond highlight a posthumanist identity which begins to articulate itself within Ywain. The fluid nature of the category "man" is further examined throughan analysis of Ywain's sojourn in the woods as a wild man, and the "what is a man" encounter which occurs at the beginning of the poem. Though normative society is reinstated at the end of the text, the study concludes that the added presence of the lion in court undermines humanism's inherently speciesist imagination and serves as a microcosm of one possible vision of a posthumanist society.en_US
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction: Identity construction and significant otherness -- 1. Ywain's "Leo Fidelis": animal mirror for posthumanist reflection -- 2. Adventures in construction: the giant herdsman, wild men, and Ywain's lion again -- Conclusion: The animals we study -- Works cited.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectGawainen_US
dc.subjectliterary criticismen_US
dc.subjectliterary interpretationen_US
dc.subjectYwain and Gawainen_US
dc.subjecthuman-animal relationshipsen_US
dc.subjectidentityen_US
dc.subjectliteratureen_US
dc.titleAnimal companionship and identity construction in the middle English "Ywain and Gawain"en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.type.degreemaen_US
dc.identifier.departmentEnglish Departmenten_US
refterms.dateFOA2020-10-23T22:23:02Z


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