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Oves et Singulatim: A Multispecies Impression

Oves et Singulatim: A Multispecies Impression

Chapter:
(p.167) Six Oves et Singulatim: A Multispecies Impression
Source:
Renaissance Posthumanism
Author(s):
Julian Yates
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823269556.003.0006

Oves et Singulatim: A Multispecies Impression” approaches the figure of sheep and the genre of pastoral at a historical moment marked by radical agrarian shifts as a result of enclosure practices. It does so by creating a “multispecies impression” of human and sheep and thus investigating the Renaissance as the archive in which is recorded a particularly complex interpretation of “the human” and “humanism.” The very materials in and on which this interpretation is recorded—animal skins, for instance—indicates that the notion of pastoral and the history of enclosure was always “co-written” by humans and non-humans, people and sheep.

Keywords:   Jack Cade, enclosure, Donna Haraway, multispecies impression, pastoral, Shakespeare, sheep, skin

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