Divine Judgement on Animal Killing in Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’, and Beyond

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620553
Title:
Divine Judgement on Animal Killing in Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’, and Beyond
Authors:
Clough, David
Abstract:
There can be few more gripping sites of intersection between theology, literature, and animals than Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’. His retelling of the tale incorporates an account of the eponymous hero’s unfathomable appetite for animal killing, culminating in a massacre of mythic scale, and the dire consequences of this destruction that follow for Julian and his family. In this essay, I present a reading of Flaubert’s story in the context of previous versions of the legend, noting his innovative decision to focus on the destruction of animals as the precursor of the evils that befall Julian, and consider other Christian and Buddhist accounts of the transformative impact of encounters with animals. I argue that Flaubert’s story of divine judgement for animal cruelty is distinct from the logic in which cruelty towards animals is judged to be problematic because of its causal relationship with intrahuman violence. In conclusion, I suggest that the text provides an illuminating lens for engaging with the pressing ethical question of the mass killing of non-human animals for human food.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Clough, D. L. (2017-forthcoming). Divine Judgement on Animal Killing in Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’, and Beyond. Literature and Theology.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Journal:
Literature and Theology
Publication Date:
2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620553
Additional Links:
https://academic.oup.com/litthe
Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Literature and Theology following peer review. The version of record Clough, D. L. (2017-forthcoming). Divine Judgement on Animal Killing in Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’, and Beyond. Literature and Theology, is available online at: [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].
ISSN:
0269-1205
EISSN:
1477-4623
Appears in Collections:
Theology and Religious Studies

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dc.contributor.authorClough, Daviden
dc.date.accessioned2017-07-05T11:41:24Z-
dc.date.available2017-07-05T11:41:24Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationClough, D. L. (2017-forthcoming). Divine Judgement on Animal Killing in Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’, and Beyond. Literature and Theology.en
dc.identifier.issn0269-1205-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620553-
dc.descriptionThis is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Literature and Theology following peer review. The version of record Clough, D. L. (2017-forthcoming). Divine Judgement on Animal Killing in Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’, and Beyond. Literature and Theology, is available online at: [insert URL that the author will receive upon publication here].en
dc.description.abstractThere can be few more gripping sites of intersection between theology, literature, and animals than Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’. His retelling of the tale incorporates an account of the eponymous hero’s unfathomable appetite for animal killing, culminating in a massacre of mythic scale, and the dire consequences of this destruction that follow for Julian and his family. In this essay, I present a reading of Flaubert’s story in the context of previous versions of the legend, noting his innovative decision to focus on the destruction of animals as the precursor of the evils that befall Julian, and consider other Christian and Buddhist accounts of the transformative impact of encounters with animals. I argue that Flaubert’s story of divine judgement for animal cruelty is distinct from the logic in which cruelty towards animals is judged to be problematic because of its causal relationship with intrahuman violence. In conclusion, I suggest that the text provides an illuminating lens for engaging with the pressing ethical question of the mass killing of non-human animals for human food.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen
dc.relation.urlhttps://academic.oup.com/littheen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en
dc.subjectanimalsen
dc.subjectethicsen
dc.subjectChristianityen
dc.subjectFlauberten
dc.subjectfooden
dc.subjecttheologyen
dc.titleDivine Judgement on Animal Killing in Flaubert’s ‘Legend of St Julian’, and Beyonden
dc.typeArticleen
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dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
dc.identifier.journalLiterature and Theologyen
dc.date.accepted2017-06-27-
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