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Shakespeare's Animals

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Why are animals everywhere in Shakespeare's language? Only two actual animals definitely appear in Shakespeare’s plays: a naughty dog in The Two Gentlemen of Verona and a hungry bear in The Winter’s Tale. But animals are everywhere in Shakespeare’s language. This talk will offer some suggestions as to why that is, and will show that the much-vaunted idea of human specialness in the Renaissance was highly precarious

Date Published: 01 March 2019
In Collection(s): William Shakespeare