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Survival, Skin, and Sovereignty

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
5:00 AM
3222 Angell Hall

The Early Modern Colloquium invites you to workshop a book chapter by Professor of Comparative Literature Peggy McCracken.

In this chapter, Professor McCracken makes a claim for the biopolitical grounding of notions of human sovereignty as represented in a series of medieval narratives.  She focuses on the use of animal skins, examining a set of medieval texts which represent the technology of human sovereignty in part through the slaughter and flaying of animals, but which also construct animals as actors that may resist the material and symbolic use of their skins in displays of human power.

Peggy McCracken is the Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women's Studies, and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.

Please contact Eliza Mathie with any questions, or to RSVP and request a copy of the pre-circulated chapter.