Becoming-Birds: The Destabilizing Use of Gendered Animal Imagery in Ancrene Wisse

  • Iva Jevtić
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Jevtić explores the ways in which the use of gendered animal imagery in the thirteenth-century anchoritic treatise Ancrene Wisse destabilizes the human–animal boundary. The chapter begins by looking at the normative use of animal images aimed at the circumscription of the anchoress’s body. It then expands the scope of its analysis by looking at the treatise through the prism of Deleuze and Guattari’s idea of “becoming-animal.” Focusing on the dynamic, processual aspects of the imagery, Jevtić moves beyond the metaphorical reading of the animal body and examines the animal image as a transformative model of anchoritic embodiment.

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  • Iva Jevtić
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherLjubljanaSlovenia

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