Professor Peggy McCracken, University of Michigan

“Human Being and Animal Becoming: Actaeon and his Dogs”
Tuesday, October 2, 2018, 5:30pm, Switzler Hall Room 001

In this talk, Prof. McCracken will focus on the translation of Ovid's Actaeon story in the fourteenth-century Ovide moralisé, where the translated story receives two interpretive readings: a euhemerist interpretation identifies the historical man who could have inspired the story and then the narrator  explains the story as an allegory of Christian truth. She uses the Deleuzian notion of becoming-animal to explore this story about a man who loved dogs, and she shows that as the three narratives (translation, historical reading, allegorical interpretation) explain the value of human-animal relations, they also reveal the stakes of being and becoming for Christian identity and Christian salvation.