Embodied Emotion as Animal Language in Le Chevalier au Lion

  • Monica Antoinette Ehrlich
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Ehrlich examines the role of the lion in both text and image in Chrétien de Troyes’s Le Chevalier au Lion (ca. 1177), or Yvain, through the lenses of animal and affect theory, cognitive science, and ethology in order to demonstrate how Yvain and his animal companion communicate with one another across species lines, using embodied emotion. This chapter moves beyond past scholarship that sees the lion as a symbol and focuses, rather, on the ways in which the lion functions as a sentient being and primary character that, by teaching Yvain emotional literacy, plays a pivotal role in helping Yvain to gain a deeper sense of compassion for the plight of others, a skill that helps him to become a better knight, husband, and king.

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  • Monica Antoinette Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Independent ResearcherPensacolaUSA

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