Madeline Bassnett, “Becoming With, Becoming Worldly: The Human-Chicken Relationship in Prudent Choyselat's Discourse Of Housbandrie (1580).”
Moral and ecological problems of the chicken industry of today.
World War II stimulated chicken farming.
War >> chickens.
Modern commentators appear to resort to justifying raising animals for food
Medievals so no need for justifications. But they did identify animal-human relationships.
Celebration of the chicken as a sentient intelligent member of the commonwealth.
Male chicks >> capons through castration.
Anthropomorphization of hen and idea that humans can learn something from her.
The Chicken Book. Ordered world in which man and chicken both flourish.
Rural experience >> understanding that domestic beasts are subsidiary members of the human community.