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Dr. Fernando Rodríguez-Mansilla Cultural Studies and Language Series - Fall 2023

Pet Culture in Early Modern Spain: Feline Narratives of Life and Death

Tishman Lecture Hall

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | This presentation explores a disregarded facet of early modern Spanish pet culture. Although there exists abundant research about dogs, the complexity of domestic felines’ place in the early modern mentality is not fully explored as cats were quite controversial. Working on diverse texts from early modern Spanish literature, I aim to cast light upon the transition of the cat from a utilitarian item for house-keeping purposes (such as by hunting mice) to a companion animal.