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Animal language and the return of loss in Beowulf
Mo Pareles

textual fowls are provocative figures of animal language and knowledge transmission. 8 Peggy McCracken notes that in Yonec , Marie de France positions the speaking hawk as a figure who can communicate with humans, and yet who retains a store of untranslated (untranslatable?) knowledge. 9 Bird language often retains this sort of remainder, as we shall see. In medieval literature and visual culture, non-human animals convey meaning through diverse

in Dating Beowulf