Mythical Animals (RSA 2011 and a volume of collected essays)

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Irina Iakounina / James Fujitani

We are putting together a panel and a volume of essays on mythical animals in the Renaissance. In this dawning age of science, did people really believe in their reality? It is common to see science and myth coexist in literature, scientific and philosophical treatises, travel journals, curiosity cabinets, etc. Where was the boundary between the real and the fabulous, the plausible and the implausible? A publisher expressed interest in our topic, and we are seeking contributors. Please send abstracts to and