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  The French of England:
Multilingualism in Practice, c. 1100-c. 1500

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Wolf, Dog, and Man in Bestiaries and Bisclavret
Susan Crane, Columbia University
  Wolf and dog are a great puzzle for medieval writers. What can it mean that the most feared and hated animal of the forest is so closely related to the most trusted and proximate animal of the household? My paper argues that Marie's Bisclavret deploys metamorphosis as a way of thinking about domestication. Marie's curiosity about the relation of wolf and dog becomes clearer in relation to one of her sources for Bisclavret, the insular bestiaries. The juxtaposed entries on wolf, dog, and Adam in bestiaries such as BL Add. 11283 (1160-80) have fascinating resonances with Marie's depiction of a wolf-man who behaves like a domestic dog.  

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