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Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England : Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton - Michael C. Schoenfeldt

Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England

Physiology and Inwardness in Spenser, Shakespeare, Herbert, and Milton

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Published: 13th March 2000
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Michael Schoenfeldt's fascinating study explores the close relationship between selves and bodies, psychological inwardness and corporeal processes, as they are represented in early modern English literature. After Galen, the predominant medical paradigm of the period envisaged a self governed by humors, literally embodying inner emotion by locating and explaining human passion within a taxonomy of internal organs and fluids. It thus gave a profoundly material emphasis to behavioural phenomena, giving the poets of the period a vital and compelling vocabulary for describing the ways in which selves inhabit and experience bodies. In contrast to much recent work on the body which has emphasized its exuberant 'leakiness' as a principal of social liberation amid oppressive regimes, Schoenfeldt establishes the emancipatory value that the Renaissance frequently located not in moments of festive release, but in the exercise of regulation, temperance and self-control.

'... this study offers resourceful and inspired readings of central texts in English poetry, presented in elegant style and including some rather memorable witticisms.' Anglia

Preface
Bodies of rule: embodiment and inwardness in early modern England
Fortifying inwardness: Spenser's castle of moral health
The matter of inwardness: Shakespeare's sonnets
Digestion and devotion: George Herbert's consuming subject
Temperance and temptation: the alimental vision in Paradise Lost
Afterword
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ISBN: 9780521669023
ISBN-10: 0521669022
Series: Cambridge Studies in Renaissance Literature and Culture, 34
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 13th March 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.3