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The Wild Man 1: Figuring Identity

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

Poised between two worlds, liminal between the known and the unknown, the figure of the wild man brings to a head questions about the dividing line between animals and humans. The Giant Herdsman in ... More


The Wild Man 2: The Uncourtly Other

DOROTHY YAMAMOTO

in The Boundaries of the Human in Medieval English Literature

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198186748
eISBN:
9780191718564
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198186748.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter explores two apparent opposites, wild man and knight. Neither term is stable, as each draws upon the other to confirm its own identity. As the two sides skirmish, the boundary between ... More


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