Abstract:The subject matter of this paper is the interplay of the female body, law and the technologies of ''domestic'' animals in the novel Burial Rites (2013), a fictionalised biography of the last woman executed in Iceland. Drawing consistent parallels between the convicted woman and animals -lambs in the ''killing pen'' in particular -Hannah Kent problematises long-standing human institutions and traditions such as law, death sentence, patriarchy and the (ab)use of animals. Moreover, she demonstrates that ''the ani… Show more
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